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Published 3/3/2004
Owens Community College Hosts FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest, March 3

Twelve area high schools will put their knowledge about tractors to the test as they compete in the tenth annual FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest hosted by Owens Community College.

The FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest will occur from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the College's Transportation Technologies Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.

Sponsored by the College's John Deere Agricultural Technician Program, the contest will involve high school teams, consisting of two students, completing a written examination and five practical skill events to determine their expertise of tractors. As part of the practical skills competition, teams will be required to locate, identify and repair a malfunction on a specified tractor donated for the event.

A panel of 11 judges, comprising Owens students from the John Deere Agricultural Technician and Diesel Technician programs, will grade each high school in the areas of workmanship as a team, safety practices, problem solving techniques and identification and repair of malfunctions to determine a district champion. The top team will advance to the State Championships.

"Owens Community College is excited to once again serve as host for the Tractor Troubleshooting district competition," said Randy Ratliff, Owens Instructor in the John Deere Program. "I expect each participating team to display a high level of knowledge about the agricultural industry, which will make for a very exciting day of competition."

High schools involved in the competition are Elmwood High School, Genoa High School, Edgerton High School, Edon High School, Delta High School, Penta Career Center, Four County Career Center, Pettisville High School, Bowling Green High School, Ayersville High School, Eastwood High School and Wauseon High School.

Local businesses donating tractors for the competition are Streacker Tractor Sales of Findlay, Cahrs Tractor Sales Inc. of Wauseon and Holgate Implement Sales Inc. of Holgate.

Owens' Diesel Technology Program offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate's degree or a certificate while preparing them for careers in operations, maintenance, service, testing, diagnosis and development of truck and heavy equipment. Students interested in a career as a professional agricultural equipment service technician can pursue an associate's degree through the College's John Deere Agricultural Technician Program.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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.


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