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North Central Students Compete to Show Their Skills

Friday, April 10, 2015

The regional competition had 23 total competitors from career centers in Elkhart, Monticello, Michigan City and Hammond, as well as SCILL. We serve ten different school corporations in a total of four counties – Starke, Marshall, Fulton, and St. Joseph. Each student took a written test and then demonstrated their abilities at 10 different workstations. The test had 150 ASE-based questions to test their knowledge and each of the workstations presented them with a problem focused on different areas of automotive technology for the student to solve. Out of these, the top five finishers move on to the State competition, and possibly to Nationals after that.

Although the competition was, of course, competitive, much of the learning both before and after has been collaborative between these students as well as between their coaches. Students from all the schools prepared for the competition together, and while the coaches couldn’t be involved once the competition began, they did meet with each other and exchange tips and ideas with each other to take back to the classrooms.

SCILL student Travis Doan had the highest score of all competitors on the Steering and Suspension workstation, scoring 48 out of 50. He and another student, Jacob Boyer, tied for sixth on the ASE written test portion as well. Many of the students who performed well received scholarships of their choice; a $500 scholarship to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland or a $1,000 scholarship to Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis. Following the competition, three of Starke County’s four participants said they were considering pursuing two-year associate degrees at Lincoln Tech.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership between educators and industry, which serves more than 300,000 students and instructors each year.

Charles Weaver, Executive Director
Starke County Economic Development Foundation