ORANGE COUNTY STUDENTS ADVANCE TO NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION
Buena Park High School ROP Students Gear for National Competition in New York in April After Win at Regional Competition Where Scholarships Worth $85,000 and New Vehicle Were Awarded
NEWPORT BEACH and BUENA PARK, Calif. (Feb. xx, 2014) – In tight competition, two students from Buena Park High School ROP were the victors of an intense automotive technology competition that tested their prowess and abilities under the hood at the 21st Annual Orange County Automobile Dealers Association Automotive Technology Competition at Kia Motors America headquarters in Irvine on Sat., Feb. 8. The winning team, which included seniors William Ashlock and Jose Solinap and their instructor James Williamson, was sponsored by Simpson Buick GMC in Buena Park and will now advance to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York in April on a sponsorship provided by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association (OCADA).
They joined five other teams at the event, which is sponsored each year by OCADA. Over the course of two hours, each team strived to “de-bug” and repair vehicles with each restored malfunction earning points. The hands-on competition is the culmination of arduous testing and long training sessions, and begins with a qualifying 100-question written exam given to an initial field of 87 students from Orange County high schools last October.
The goal of the OCADA Automotive Technology Competition is to recognize the technical expertise of these students and to introduce them to the possibilities available with a career in automotive technology. The competition also connects these students to the colleges that can further their education and develop their talents. By partnering with the dealerships they can test drive a career with excellent job security and economic opportunities. More than $85,000 in scholarships provided by OCADA, California New Car Dealers Association, Ohio Technical College, and Universal Technical Institute was awarded to the participants.
“Today’s automotive technicians require much more specialized training to keep our cars and trucks running safely and in top-notch condition,” said John Sackrison, executive director, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. “These students have spent a tremendous amount of time in and outside of the classroom training for this competition and all exhibited a level of knowledge and professionalism that will surely help them as they pursue a future in this career. We applaud their commitment to success.”
The other local teams competing included:
“The countless hours each of these teams spent preparing and training for this competition is inspiring and these young men and women represent the best and the brightest of auto tech students in Orange County,” said John Sackrison, executive director, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.
For more information, please contact Sean Taylor at OCADA at 949-428-5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ocada.org.