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Plus, Nissan offers Pacific Power customers LEAF discount and car sales are starting to recover.

CONTRIBUTED - Students at Mt. Hood Community CollegeSubaru of America, Inc. has announced that the nation's first college degree in Subaru automotive technology will be offered at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) starting this fall.

Created in partnership with the Mt. Hood Community College Automotive Technology program to meet the rising demand for Subaru automotive technicians, the two-year, associate of applied science degree will prepare students to work at Subaru retailers by providing hands-on Subaru factory-certified training. Students will be paired with sponsoring Subaru retailers that will provide paid, on-the-job experience, as well as full-time positions after graduation.

"Our students love Subaru vehicles and they frequently tell us they want to work on them," said Eric Garvey, MHCC automotive instructor. "Plus, there's a huge regional demand here in the Pacific Northwest for Subaru cars and SUVs, so it's a win-win."

The Subaru automotive technology degree expands upon the automaker's existing relationship with MHCC, in Gresham fostered through its Subaru U program. MHCC first partnered with Subaru in 2015 to provide the Subaru U online factory certification to its automotive technology students. Since then, the training has been provided through the college's automotive technology IMPORT (Individualized Mechanical Program of Repair Technicians) associate degree program.

To learn more, visit: mhcc.edu/AutomotiveTechnology

Nissan offers Pacific Power customers LEAF discount

Nissan is offering Pacific Power customers a $3,000 discount on new 2018 LEAF electric vehicles through Sept. 30. Interested buyers simply need to bring a copy of their energy bill and a flyer downloaded from the Pacific Power website. The discount applies to the manufacturer's sticker price on the LEAF.

"Electric cars can be a great choice for many customers," says Cory Scott, director of customer solutions for Pacific Power. "They can be more affordable to own and operate, and better for the environment too."

The discount comes from Nissan directly, not from Pacific Power. The LEAF is also eligible for both federal and Oregon incentives. Taken together, the credits amount to $13,000 off the retail price of the car.

For more information and the flyer, go to: tinyurl.com/ybzt3kag

Have U.S. car sales finally bottomed out?

Car sales are set to rebound in the U.S. after losing ground to crossover SUVs, says Denis Le Vot, chairman of Nissan Motor Co.'s North American operations.

Le Vot made the comment to Bloomberg News while showing off the company's redesigned Altima sedan to reporters in early September. He said rising interest rates and gasoline prices are reminding consumers that cars are cheaper SUVs.

"This is still a big market" of 5 million to 6 million new cars sold annually in the U.S., Denis Le Vot while touting the longer, lower and wider midsize. "We think it has hit bottom."

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