Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute hosted more than 170 high school students on Thursday to participate in an automotive skills competition and learn about high-demand careers in the automotive tech industry.
Students participated from Northview High School, Twin Rivers Career and Technical Education Area, Sullivan High School, Wabash River Career and Technical Education Center, Terre Haute North High School, North Central High School, Terre Haute South High School, Tri-County and Area 30 Career Center.
The day included practical skills testing and a written test for 16 students participating in the competition, while nearly 160 other students participated in breakout sessions to learn about the latest industry technologies and what a typical day for an automotive technician understands.
Guest speaker Steve Adams of Napa Auto Parts said the demand for skilled, credentialed workers is high because automotive is one of the biggest industries. Other industry partners attending the event included QuadCo Napa (Terre Haute’s Napa Store), Napa (National Office), CRC Industries, West Side Tractor—John Deere, Adam’s Garage, Finzel’s Mastertech, Sir Thomas Automotive Repair, SmartWasher, Grizzly Industrial Tools, Z-Tech, Advantage Auto, Toyota of Terre Haute and Honda of Thompson.
The winners of the 2022 Ivy Tech Automotive Skills Competition were:
• First place: Gage Youngblood, senior at Northview High School;
• Second place: Ethan Hooper, a senior at North Central High School.
• First place: Joel Mobley, a junior from the Area 30 Career Center;
• Second place: Blake House, a junior from Twin Rivers Career and Technical Education Area.
Second place winners received a set of tools. First place winners received a set of tools and a four-drawer mechanic’s cart. Additionally, the Ivy Tech Foundation awarded a $1,000 Ivy Tech Scholarship to Gage Youngblood, the high school student who finished first in the skills competition.
— This article was provided to the Tribune-Star by Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute.