May 8, 2013

Owens Community College to Host Statewide Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition, May 10

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Twenty high school students from across Ohio will put their knowledge of automobiles to the test as they compete in the 64th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition at Owens Community College on Friday, May 10.

The contest will occur from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with the Ford Motor Co. and AAA and support an event that enables high school students to showcase their knowledge and skills specific to the automotive industry,” said Nick Shultz, Owens Instructor of Transportation Technologies and Technical Competition Manager for the state competition. “Ohio’s Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competition is one of the largest in the country. The participants are extremely talented, which will certainly make for a very exciting day of competition.”

Sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. and AAA, the state contest will involve 10 high school teams, consisting of two students, completing various testing to determine their expertise of automobiles. As part of the practical skills competition, teams will be required to locate, identify and repair malfunctions on new 2013 Ford Focus SE vehicles, which are donated by the Hertz Corp. Once the vehicle is properly diagnosed and repaired, the teams must drive across the finish line, where the vehicle will be inspected by judges, comprised of automotive industry professionals.

The top teams will be awarded scholarships and prizes with the championship team also advancing to the National Finals at the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., June 9-12. Over 12,000 students from across the United States annually compete for the chance to represent their school and state in the National Finals. The Ford/AAA Auto Skills State Competitions will offer nearly $12 million in scholarships this year to students at both the state and national levels.

High schools and students participating in the state competition are Apollo Career Center in Lima, Coshocton County Career Center in Coshocton, Delaware Area Career Center in Delaware, Fort Hayes Career Center in Columbus, Fairmont Career Technical Center in Kettering, Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren, Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights and West Shore Career-Technical District in Lakewood.

This marks the fourth time (2003, 2004 and 2012) that Owens has served as host site for the state competition.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit