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NMJC Automotive Tech Programs to Host Competition

NMJC Automotive Tech Programs to Host Competition photo 1/30/2008 6:23:11 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Thursday, February 7, New Mexico Junior College will host one of its largest -- and most colorful -- annual on-site competitions.

NMJC's three auto tech programs -- Ford, GM, and the Independent Automotive Technology Program (IATP) -- will host the NMJC Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition. There will be approximately 150 high school students attending, some of whom are not competing but who want to tour the college and learn more about it firsthand. This year's competitors are from Artesia, Dexter, Estancia, Eunice, Farmington, Hobbs, Jal, Lovington, Moriarty, and Tatum, New Mexico; Brownfield, Denver City, Frenship, Levelland, and Seminole, Texas; and Castle Dale, Utah.

For the competition, students will go through a series of different contests, or stations, as IATP Instructor Terry Halladay explained they are called. "The stations range from written tests to hands-on procedures demonstrating understanding and knowledge in some 15 critical areas," Halladay said. "Because this competition gives them the chance to shine both individually and as a team, it's a great exercise in preparing the region's future automotive technicians."

Following the morning check-in and snacks, the invitational competition will begin at 9:00 am and end just before noon. According to Halladay, the event will also feature a car bash and an airbag demonstration. Following that, lunch will be provided, and the event will conclude with an awards ceremony announcing the morning's results, as determined by 29 judges from Ford, GM, and current and former students of the Ford ASSET, GM ASEP, and IATP programs at NMJC. While all competitors will receive T-shirts, winners will receive additional gifts and prizes from Ford, GM, and local and national businesses. Three scholarships from the NMJC Foundation will also be awarded.

Sponsors for this year's competition include Borman AutoPlex, Checker Auto Parts, Desert Sun of Roswell, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Hobbs Sears, Jim Bass Ford, Inc., Matco Tools; Monette Ford; Mustang Country; NAPA; NMJC; NMJC Foundation; Permian Ford; Watson Truck and Suppy; Western Chrysler; and Ziems Ford.

For more information about NMJC's auto tech programs or invitational competition, please contact Carole Marquez at 575.492.2860 or at

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