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Published 5/17/2004
Owens Community College, Ford Motor Co. and AAA Collaborate in Hosting Auto Skills State Competition

Penta Career Center's David Baczewski (left) of Rossford and Tony Adler of Perrysburg work on their car during the Auto Skills State Competition at Owens. Fifteen high school teams throughout the state of Ohio recently tested their automobile knowledge and repair skills during competition in the 55th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition. The event occurred at Owens Community College.

Owens served as the Technical Competition Manger and oversaw all aspects of the Auto Skills State Competition. Sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. and AAA, the state contest involved 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 was allotted 1 ½ hour to "debug" their vehicle.

"Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with the Ford Motor Co. and AAA and support such a 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 enables high school students to showcase their knowledge about the automotive industry. Their high level of expertise made for a very exciting day of competition."

A panel of seven judges, consisting of Owens faculty and business leaders within the automotive industry, graded each high school in the areas of problem-solving techniques and identification and repair of malfunctions to determine a state champion. The top three teams were 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.

The state championship went to David Baczewski of Rossford and Tony Adler of Perrysburg from Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, while Joshua Northup of Gallipolis and Travis Griffith of Vinton from Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande finished in second place.

High schools and students participating in the competition, and their finals standings, were: (Third) Miami Valley CTC in Clayton (Team 2: Nick Gage of Huber Heights and Todd Henry of Versailles), (Fourth) U.S. Grant Career Center in Bethel (Chris Keplinger of Bethel and Harry Senior of Moscow), (Fifth) Miami Valley CTC in Clayton (Team 1: Kevin Sherman of Ansonia and Matt Woolery of West Milton), (Sixth) Tri Star Career Compact in Celina (Derrick W. Dysert of St. Henry and Nick Sutter of Coldwater), (Seventh) Mentor High School in Mentor (Allen Intihar of Mentor and Todd Semega of Mentor), (Eighth) Coshocton County Career Center in Coshocton (Joshua Shumaker of West Lafayette and Richard Hammond of Coshocton) and (Ninth) Eastland Career Center in Groveport (Justin Quinn of Reynoldsburg and Keith Shaeffer of Lancaster).

Participating teams also included: (Tenth) Licking County JVS in Newark (James Kinney of Centerburg and Seth A. Yates of Johnstown), (Eleventh) Auburn Career Center in Concord Township (Brian Culotta of Newbury and Joshua Jenkins of Painesville), (Twelfth) Lancaster High School in Lancaster (Joshua Thimmes of Lancaster and Ryan Weaver of Laurelville), (Thirteenth) Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville (Dejan Markov of Parma and Joshua Jeffries of Garfield Heights), (Fourteenth) Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna (Adam Lansinger of Rootstown and Eric Sloan of Ravenna) and (Fifteenth) Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights (Adam Spreng of Olmsted Falls and Dustin Haynes of Strongsville).

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.

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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