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Published 5/7/2004
Owens Community College, Ford Motor Co. and AAA Collaborate in Hosting Auto Skills State Competition, May 14

Fifteen high school teams throughout the state of Ohio will test their automobile knowledge and repair skills during competition in the 55th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition. The event will occur on Friday, May 14, at Owens Community College.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition is from 10-11:30 a.m. on the College's Transportation Technologies Center parking lot. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Owens Community College will serve as the Technical Competition Manger and oversee all aspects of the Auto Skills State 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 2004 Mercury Marquis donated by the Hertz Corp., a division of the Ford Motor Co. Each team will be allotted 1 ½ hour to "debug" their vehicle.

A panel of seven judges, consisting of 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 scholarships and prizes with the championship team also advancing to the National Championships at the Ford Motor Co. World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, June 29. Approximately 6,000 high school students are competing in 50 state contests for the right to advance to the National Championships.

"Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with the Ford Motor Co. and AAA and support such an nationally recognized event," 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 a very exciting day of competition."

High schools and students participating in the competition are Auburn Career Center in Concord Township (Brian Culotta of Newbury and Joshua Jenkins of Painesville), Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande (Joshua Northup of Gallipolis and Travis Griffith of Vinton), Coshocton County Career Center in Coshocton (Joshua Shumaker of West Lafayette and Richard Hammond of Coshocton), Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville (Dejan Markov of Parma and Joshua Jeffries of Garfield Heights), Eastland Career Center in Groveport (Justin Quinn of Reynoldsburg and Keith Shaeffer of Lancaster), Lancaster High School in Lancaster (Joshua Thimmes of Lancaster and Ryan Weaver of Laurelville).

Participating teams also include Licking County JVS in Newark (James Kinney of Centerburg and Seth A. Yates of Johnstown), Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna (Adam Lansinger of Rootstown and Eric Sloan of Ravenna), Mentor High School in Mentor (Allen Intihar of Mentor and Todd Semega of Mentor), Miami Valley CTC in Clayton (Team 1: Kevin Sherman of Ansonia and Matt Woolery of West Milton) (Team 2: Nick Gage of Huber Heights and Todd Henry of Versailles), Penta Career Center in Perrysburg (David Baczewski of Rossford and Tony Adler of Perrysburg), Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights (Adam Spreng of Olmsted Falls and Dustin Haynes of Strongsville), Tri Star Career Compact in Celina (Derrick W. Dysert of St. Henry and Nick Sutter of Coldwater) and U.S. Grant Career Center in Bethel (Chris Keplinger of Bethel and Harry Senior of Moscow).

Owens' Transportation Technologies programs offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate degree or a certificate while preparing for careers within the transportation industry. The College currently partners with General Motors, Caterpillar, John Deere, Ford Motor Co., Freightliner and Williams Detroit, among others, enabling students to work in dealerships and service facilities while attending classes.

For more information about the event, call (567) 661-7395 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. 7395.

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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