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NMJC Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition

11/2/2006 10:35:53 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's automotive division held its annual NMJC Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition on Thursday, November 2, 2006.

The event had 58 high school contestants, some from as far away as Utah. The competition consisted of 17 stations, comprised of written tests, precision measurements, diagnostic analysis, and component identification.

Denver City swept first, second, and third place individually with Ryan Henson, Edward Lucio, and Adrian Valenzuela, respectively. In the overall team placement, Denver City walked away as the competition winner; Emery High School from Castle Dale, Utah, finished second; and Seminole High School rounded out the top three with third place.

Because NMJC's automotive programs are affiliated with SkillsUSA, the competition followed the SkillsUSA format and covered all eight ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) specialty areas. High school instructors consider the annual event an excellent preparation for state and national SkillsUSA competitions.

NMJC has three automotive programs within the automotive division: the Automotive Technology Program (ATP), the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), and the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training Program (ASSET). An Associate Degree in Applied Science is awarded upon successful completion of these programs.

The ATP program may be entered at any semester, and students will receive training in the required eight ASE areas within the first year. Students can then independently take the national ASE exam for certification while completing their second year of the program. This program is a hub for students interested in working at independent repair facilities or dealerships.

The ASEP and ASSET programs combine the expertise of NMJC's instructors and state-of-the-art teaching facility with training focused on GM and Ford products. Additionally, each program has a partnership with the respective corporation and receives exclusive up-to-date training, vehicles, components, and educational materials. The focus of these two programs is to provide technical competency, professional abilities, and factory certification for students desiring a career as a dealership technician.

For more information on the Automotive Service Technology Invitational or for more information on NMJC's automotive technology division, call 575.392.6272.

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