About This Workshop

Experience The Switch Lab™ the same way your students will by learning, building, testing, and then driving the finished Switch EV as a complete project-based learning process. This training is appropriate for teachers from all disciplines – Auto Shop, Engineering, Physics, Robotics, Maker, and more.

How long?

The workshop is 4 ½ days with each day, except the last, ending at 4:30 pm, and the last class ends at 12:00 pm.

Coffee, snacks and lunch are provided daily, except no lunch on Friday.
**Starting November 2024, Friday Lunch will be provided for 5 day workshops**

Approved for California CE credits

  • You will earn 40 credit hours
  • Comprehensive electric vehicle science and technology instruction
  • Learn about EV components.
  • Lecture in the morning; build a Switch EV in the afternoon.
  • Lectures are actual curriculum designed for discussion.
  • Demonstrations and lab projects.
  • Workshop manual
  • Textbook

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in teaching or learning more about the Switch Lab™ EV Program.

Our Instructors

Baudelio Ibarra

Lead Certified Switch Instructor

Professor at East Los Angeles College

Jozef Antolin

Certified Switch Instructor

Autoshop Instructor at Wilcox High School.

Dan Vincent

Certified Switch Instructor

Professor at St. Clair College

Brent Garner

Certified Switch Instructor

Retired Autoshop Teacher from Niles West High School

For entities that have, or are going to, purchase The Switch Lab™:

  • Register as soon as you can to save your workshop seat. Do not wait for approval from your school. There is no financial commitment until 30 days prior to the event start date. You can cancel if your approval falls through
  • Please email [email protected] if you need a quote for a workshop to submit to your school.

For individuals registering:

  • Enter the email that is best for contacting you about the workshop
  • Enter your credit card information.
  • If you need to pay by wire transfer, contact [email protected] to get the information you need.

Cancellations

  • To receive a full refund, please cancel your registration at least 35 days prior to the event start date.
  • If Switch Vehicles cancels a workshop, all registrants will receive a full refund. We will typically cancel a workshop within 30 days of the start date and email everyone.
  • Due to the possibility of workshops being cancelled, please make sure your travel arrangements are refundable or creditable.

Sebastopol, CA – Switch Vehicles, Inc Headquarters

380 Morris Street, Suite B
Sebastopol CA 95472

Our Venue

The Switch Vehicles facility is located in a business park in the heart of Sebastopol within walking distance of the Barlow. The entrance is in the middle of the building between two other companies. Parking is free and available in the front and to the side of the building.

The Surrounding Area

The town of Sebastopol is situated in Central Sonoma County – wine country. The liberal and laid-back community was originally an orchard town, home of the Gravenstein apple, but is now home to wineries, tasting rooms, and farm-to-table restaurants.

LODGING

Fairfield Inn & Suites 
1101 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, CA 95472
1 (707) 829-6677


20% off at the Fairfield Marriott hotel in Sebastopol. Mention you are with “Switch Vehicles” when booking your room over the phone.


AIRPORTS

Charles M Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • Major airport located 70 miles south of Sebastopol, about a 90 minute drive.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

  • Major Airport located 65 miles south-east, making it a similar drive time from/to SFO
  • Similar pricing and travel cost from/to SFO
  • Southwest is a main airline at this airport.
  • Services & Amenities

From the Airport to us

  • Car Rental
  • Sonoma County Airport Express
    The least expensive option (about $42) for getting from SFO to Sebastopol is to take the Sonoma County Airport Express to the Santa Rosa Park & Ride (1350 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa). You will need to contact Uber or Lyft for a ride to your hotel (about 12 minutes away).
  • Groom Transportation
    The least expensive option (about $52) for getting from SFO to Sebastopol is to take the Groom Airport Shuttle to the Santa Rosa Park & Ride (1350 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa). You will need to contact Uber or Lyft for a ride to your hotel (about 12 minutes away).

ENTERTAINMENT

The Barlow Market

A 12-acre Bay industrial-chic, dog-friendly outdoor market district in Sebastopol, California featuring local food, wine, beer, spirits and crafts made onsite by Sonoma County artisans.

Local Wineries & Things to Do

PARKS & HIKING

  • Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail – wetlands – During rainy season (Nov-Mar) trails will be muddy and may be impassable
  • Ragle Ranch Regional Park – Peace Garden and trails – requires a $7 per day parking fee or park free along Covert Lane. Muddy during rainy season (Nov-Mar)
Workshop Date

5/6/2024, 6/10/2024, 7/15/2024, 8/5/2024, 9/16/2024, 10/14/2024, 11/11/2024, 12/2/2024