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Owens Community College, Ford Motor Co. and AAA Collaborate in Hosting Auto Skills State Competition, May 16
Fifteen high school teams throughout the state of Ohio will test their knowledge and repair skills about automobiles during competition in the 54th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. The event will occur at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Findlay Ford/Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Findlay.
Owens Community College will serve as the Technical Competition Manager and oversee all aspects of the auto skills competition. Sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. and AAA, the state contest will involve each high school team, consisting of two students, locating, identifying and repairing malfunctions on 2003 Mercury Mountaineers donated by the Hertz Corp. for the event. Each team will be allotted 1 ½ hour to "debug" their vehicle.
A panel of seven judges, comprising Owens faculty and business leaders within the automotive industry, will grade each high school in the areas of problem-solving techniques and identification and repair of malfunctions to determine a state champion. A preliminary written test will be used to break any tie occurring within the competition. The top three teams will be awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships and prizes with the championship team also advancing to the National Championships in Washington, DC, June 22-25. Approximately 40,000 high school students are competing in 52 state contests for the right to advance to the National Championships.
"Owens Community College is honored to collaborate with the Ford Motor Co. and AAA in support of such a prestigious competition," said Nick Shultz, Owens Instructor of Industrial and Engineering Technologies and Technical Competition Manager. "Ohio's Auto Skills Competition is the largest state championship in the country and will enable high school students to showcase their knowledge about the automotive industry. Their high level of expertise will make for an exciting day of competition."
High schools and students participating in the competition are Apollo Career Center (Justin Davis of Bluffton and John Rampe of Lima), Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School (Nicholas Lombardo of Thompson and Charles Sparks of Ashtabula), Buckeye Hills Career Center (David Akers of Wellston and Nathaniel Lindamood of Hamden), Coshocton County Career Center (Mike Roof of Coshocton and Andrew Smart of West Lafayette), Cuyahoga Falls High School (Matthew Smeiles of Cuyahoga Falls and Jeremy Corcoran of Cuyahoga Falls), Four County Career Center (Tyler Bliss of Defiance and Tim Crisenbery of Montpelier) and Medina County Career Center (Mark Durell of West Salem and Derrick Waller of Brunswick).
Participating teams also include Miami Valley Career Technology Center Team One and Two (Scott Govey of Arcanum and Mitch Arnett of Greenville) and (Keith Becker of Tipp City and Andrew Stoner of West Alex), Penta Career Center (Robert Cotton of Bowling Green and Brian Ginett of Swanton), Tri County Vocational School (Jeremy Harlow of New Lexington and Rick Lutz of Logan), Tri Star Career Compact Team One and Two (Brian Hess of St. Henry and Kevin Mescher of Celina) and (Randy Hines of Celina and Devin Liette of Celina), U.S. Grant Career Center (Matt Foebar of Williamsburg and Lonnie Vanderpool of Hamersville) and Whitmer Career Technology Center (Adam Escott of Toledo and Matthew Loga of Toledo).
Owens' Transportation Technologies programs offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate's degree or a certificate while preparing for careers within the transportation industry. The College partners with General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, John Deere, Freightliner and Williams Detroit, among others, enabling students to work in dealerships and service facilities while attending classes.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.