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Friday, February 14, 2020
High school students traveled from the surrounding states to compete in the Top Tech Challenge auto skills competition. It was held at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Bloomfield, NJ. Two-person teams test their knowledge of automotive tools, systems, and repair procedures. Our very own team of AJ Perkins and Dayton Holcomb, both from Granville Central School District, won second place out of more than 50 teams during the competition the weekend of February 8, 2020. They won an incredible trophy, a Snap-on tool set for the high school ($1,695 value), and a UTI scholarship worth 75% of tuition each.
“The Top Tech Challenge demonstrates how technology and engineering principles drive the high-tech transportation industry, where skilled technicians are required to master complex digital systems,” said Bob Kessler, UTI-Exton Campus President.
The competition starts with a written test that lets them narrow it down to the top 20 teams who then advance to the hands-on portion. That’s where they focus on skills that include diagnostics, electrical systems, parts identification and the use of scan tools. The UTI staff is there to mentor and coach the students.
Dayton, a Power Sports Technology student, said “After this program, I’m going to UTI in Arizona for motorcycle mechanics for Harley Davidson. I plan to become a Harley Davidson master tech one day.” he went on to say, “Our advisor told us to come in top 3 - and we did!”
AJ, an Automotive Technology student said “The competition was a good opportunity to compete with great teams and see what they knew (and compare to what we know). The teams were very knowledgeable and included students who go through 4-year programs.” It’s impressive how our students measured up. After graduation, AJ will go to UTI in Exton, PA for the Automotive and Diesel programs.
John Edwards, the students’ Admissions Rep at UTI said "I thought AJ and Dayton would be a good fit for a team and would pair up well to work their knowledge and team skills to come out as winners. They are always motivated. This was a great opportunity for them to win the scholarships they did from this competition." Mr. Edwards works with the students almost monthly to help them with the transition from their program to graduation and then into the UTI programs.
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