Ten Aims Automotive Technology Students Qualify for State SkillsUSA Competition

GREELEY, CO – February 28, 2019 – Ten Aims Community College automotive technology students have advanced to the state level of the SkilsUSA Challenge competition after dominating at the regional competition on February 14 at Northeastern Junior College. The state competition is being held in Colorado Springs in April.

SkilsUSA tests high school and college students in a variety of automotive collision and repair challenges, as well as service challenges. Students also participated in mock job interviews during the day to help them prepare for their future. Aims students received the following awards:

High school refinishing competition
Anahi Najera placed first
Sergio Lopez Cordova finished third
Post-secondary refinishing competition
Kaiden Brier placed first
Post-secondary collision category
Jo Boden finished second
Jacob Graffenberger took third
Estimating category, Aims swept the podium
Michael Kunkel finished first
Jamie Frey took second
Blake McClure placed third
Post-secondary service competition
Jacob Downey finished first
Liam Kendrick placed third

“The instructors in the automotive department do an incredible job preparing these hard-working students for their careers. This competition exemplifies the high caliber skills the students have developed,” said Aims CEO and President, Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “Our students continue to impress everyone at the college with their drive and the success they achieve at the highly respected SkillsUSA Challenge.”

Students who take first place at the state competition will be invited to compete at the national competition held in Louisville, KY in June. Aims students have had recent success at the state competition with five students finishing in the top three last year- two students winning gold and moving on to nationals.

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