Shoreline’s Automotive program hosts SkillsUSA competition, donates two high-performance vehicles to local high school

A student participates in the 2017 SkillsUSA competition held at Shoreline Community College’s Automotive Training Center on Jan. 27, 2017.

On Fri., Jan. 27, Shoreline’s Automotive Center hosted 40 students from five area high schools in the yearly SkillsUSA Competition, a national program that tests knowledge in a trade through a series of written and practical hands-on tests.

This marks the third year in a row Shoreline hosted the automotive component of the regional competition. Winners from this event will go on to state competitions. Students were judged and scored on their knowledge in two main areas: maintenance and service.

The winners in the category of maintenance were: (1st place) Thomas Eggenberger of Meadowale High School, (2nd place) Garit Bowman of Tahoma High School, and (3rd place) Parker Phelps of Bellevue High School. The winners in the service category were: (1st place) Blake Ford of Meadowdale High School, (2nd place) Jack Bitzer of Northshore, and (3rd place) Carlos Jimenes-Vejarano from Tahoma High School.

Participating schools at the event on Shoreline’s campus included Meadowdale, Northshore, Tahoma, Bellevue, and Cascade.

Shoreline’s General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP) will donate one vehicle each to the high school of the first place student in both categories of service and maintenance. Winners in each category attend Meadowdale, which means the high school is home to two new high-performance vehicles.

“We’re very excited to facilitate these donations from GM to Meadowdale,” said Scott Main, GM ASEP faculty at Shoreline.

Shoreline Automotive faculty Jeff Cromwell addresses students from five area high schools gathered to participate in the 2017 SkillsUSA competition held at Shoreline Community College’s Automotive Training Center.

“Through donations such as this, our industry partners at GM ensure students are training on the very latest in technology,” said Main. “And by continuing to generously support students interested in professional/technical careers, these donations create a pipeline of talent from our K-12 partners to our colleges.”

Want an exciting career in the automotive industry? Learn more about Shoreline’s Automotive programs here.

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