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Published 2/28/2005

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

Area high school students will put their knowledge of tractors to the test as they compete in the 12th annual FFA District I Tractor Troubleshooting Contest on Thursday, March 3, hosted by Owens Community College.

The 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 Tracy Campbell, Owens Chair of Transportation Technologies. “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 Anthony Wayne, Archbold, Ashland, Ashland-West Holmes Career Center, Ayersville, Bellevue, Bowling Green, Clay, Delta, Eastwood, Edgerton, Edon, Elmwood, Evergreen, Fairview, Four County Career Center, Genoa, Hillsdale, Hilltop, Holgate, Liberty Center, Loudonville, Mapleton, North Central, Oak Harbor, Oregon, Otsego, Patrick Henry, Penta Career Center, Pettisville, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, Tinora, Toledo Natural Science Technology Center, Wauseon, Whitmer and Woodmore.

Local businesses donating tractors for the competition are Streacker Tractor Sales of Findlay, Crosby Equipment of Toledo and Holgate Implement Sales Inc. of Holgate.

Owens’ Diesel Technology Program offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate 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 degree through the College’s John Deere Agricultural Technician Program.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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