PITTSBURGH—Western Area Career and Technology Center took top prize in the Community College of Allegheny County’s annual CCAC/Western Pennsylvania Automotive Competition yesterday at CCAC–West Hills center in Oakdale.
High schools and career and technical schools from across the region sent a total of 10 two-student teams to compete on a 100-question written exam and six hands-on stations. The hands-on stations, which related to Master Tech areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, included engine repair/engine performance; brakes; steering and suspension; and electrical.
The winning Western Area CTC students each received a $200 scholarship to CCAC. Clarion County CTC took second place, with Greater Altoona CTC coming in third.
The college also hosted an Act 48 continuing professional education class that provided attending teachers with the latest in automotive skills training.
The annual competition and training classes are part of CCAC’s continuing partnerships with regional career and technical schools, helping to improve the quality of secondary instruction in the trades and introducing students to the opportunities at CCAC. The college offers certificates and associate’s degrees in Automotive Technology as well as training programs certified by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.
As part of the college’s Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training program, CCAC will host the Ford–AAA Auto Skills Competition May 12 for high school students from across Pennsylvania. The winning students will represent Pennsylvania in a national competition.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.