Colorado students to make travel arrangements to National SkillsUSA in Kentucky
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Six Colorado collision industry students are headed to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky., in June instead of the usual four.
Forty-eight students from five technical schools across the state competed in the Colorado 2018 SkillsUSA collision industry competitions. The three competitions included Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Refinishing Technology, and the new competition, Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology. The contests were held April 19, at Pikes Peak Community College. The first-place winners in each competition at both high school and college levels will represent Colorado.
The recently developed Damage Appraisal competition included writing a computerized virtual estimate, a total loss estimate, a total loss evaluation, a technical written test, a manual estimate, a mock job interview, and two mock customer service scenarios. Jaime Angell and Karin Ruser, both from ABRA, Steve Jones, from Farmers Insurance, and Michelle Mossberger from Caliber Collision, prepared and judged the contest.
Michael Kunkle, a post-secondary student from Aims Community College, and Jared Arfsten, a high school student at Pikes Peak Community College, finished first in the new competition and will be off to Nationals this summer. Finishing second in post-secondary was Daniel Garcia, from Pikes Peak Community College, and third went to Nicholas Moeller, from Aims Community College. In secondary, Michael Suttmiller from WarrenTech finished second.
In the other two competitions the winners included Severon Carlson, from Pickens Tech, who finished first in Collision Repair Technology at the Post-secondary level, Frank Dabbiero of AIMS Community College, finished second, and Dennis Pennington from Pikes Peak Community College, finished third.
At the high school level in Collision Repair Technology, finalists included Abagayle Boden from AIMS Community College, who finished first, Mitchell Blessinger from Pickens Tech came in second, and third went to Hunter Evans from Morgan Community College.
In the Automotive Refinishing Technology at the Post-Secondary level, Walker Graff from Morgan Community College took first, Ramon Favela-Figueroa from AIMS Community College finished second, and Pete Muniz from WarrenTech finished third.
At the high school level, Elmer Hernandez from Pickens Tech took first, David Windle from WarrenTech second, and finishing third was Jaime Ramos, from Morgan Community College.
Megara Pullen, from Mahnke Auto Body, said that the students represented by the five technical schools were outstanding. “They were skilled, courteous, and appreciative of all the industry support, and I look forward to this caliber of recruits coming into our industry.”
“Industry collaboration was amazing,” said Jaime Angell from ABRA. “More than 28 industry volunteers were on hand to help judge and several more industry partners provided supplies, prizes, and the funds to make it all possible. Farmers Insurance provided the use of a total loss vehicle which was much needed for the new competition, and we thank Steve Jones, for his help in obtaining the damaged vehicle.”
Sponsors for the event included Snap-On Tools, PPG Industries, LKQ Group, Axalta, American Welding and Gas, National Coatings, Sherwin Williams, Hertz Local Edition, Akzo Nobel Coatings, A&H Finishing, Kent Automotive, ABRA, I-CAR, 3M, Aces of Denver, CCCIS, Keystone, Mahnke Auto Body, Caliber Collision, Capital Paint and Refinishing, Service King, and Farmers Insurance.