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April 16, 2014

Winston County Technology Center Wins AAA/Ford Auto Skills State Championship

Will represent Alabama at National Finals in Dearborn, Michigan

BIRMINGHAM — Twenty high school automotive students from across the state turned out in hopes of tuning out the competition today in the State Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. The students fought for scholarships in the automotive industry and for the chance to advance to the National Finals, which take place at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The competition, which is geared toward students looking to jumpstart their careers in the automotive industry, is especially relevant for today’s struggling economy, in which car owners are putting more money into car repair and maintenance as a way of avoiding the big-ticket purchase of a new car.

Today, 20 juniors and seniors representing 10 high schools across Alabama faced off in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Finals. Each two-student team raced the clock to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical 2014 Ford vehicles. After properly diagnosing and repairing their vehicle, the teammates drove their assigned vehicle across the finish line, where the car was inspected for accuracy and workmanship. The competition will took place in the parking area of the Barber Motorsports Park Museum in Birmingham from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The awards ceremony took place in the atrium area inside the Barber Motorsports Museum at 1:30 p.m.

The final results for this year’s state championship were:

1. WINSTON CO. TECHNOLOGY CENTER

2. LAWRENCE CO. CENTER OF TECHNOLOGY

3. ALBERT P. BREWER HIGH SCHOOL

4. HALEYVILLE CENTER OF TECHNOLOGY

5. CHEROKEE CO. CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTER

6. SHELBY CO. SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

7. EDEN CAREER CENTER

8. CLEBURNE CO. A.V.C.

9. BLOUNT CO. CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTER

10. DOTHAN TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The teams were selected based on their high scores in an online qualifying exam that tested each team’s automotive knowledge.

The winning team members not only receive scholarships and other valuable prizes, but also will represent Alabama at the National Finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., in June. The team with the highest combined scores from the national hands-on competition and written exam will be declared “America’s Next Top Auto Technicians.”

Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills will offer nearly $12 million in scholarships this year to students at both the state and national level.

“The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition is one of the ways in which AAA and Ford demonstrate their commitment to the future of today’s youth and build awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service industry,” said Clay Ingram, AAA Alabama spokesperson. “The competition also helps ensure the development of a quality workforce that is equipped to respond to increasingly sophisticated auto repair challenges.”

Both the national and statewide competitions are organized with the support of Barber Motorsports Park, Ford Motor Company, Lawson State Community College, Hertz, NAPA, and AAA Approved Auto Repair program.

 

About Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills

The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills is a nationwide automotive technology competition that offers nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. More than 10,000 students from across the nation compete for the chance to represent their school and state as part of a two-person team in the National Finals on the front lawn of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition tests students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities with a written test as well as a race against the clock to diagnose and properly repair intentionally “bugged” Ford vehicles. Ford and AAA are dedicated to the competition as part of their commitment to the future of automotive service in America.

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