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NMJC GM-ASEP Students Win Second Place at GM Challenge

10/2/2008 2:36:05 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. From underdogs to winning second place, all with a team that was one person short in comparison to the other competitors. Sounds like something from a movie, but it was New Mexico Junior College's own GM-ASEP students. Three of these students took on several other 4-person college teams at the recent GM-ASEP Challenge in Dallas, Texas.

On Thursday and Friday, September 18-19, students Cody Collins, Adrian Valenzuela, and Armando Fierro attended the annual Challenge. On Thursday, the team trained and then faced other teams in a "Jeopardy" style competition. Teams would choose a question from a category and if they answered correctly, they would win a certain number of points. The NMJC team was one of the last two competitors left and went on to compete in the final head-to-head challenge.

Most of the other institutions represented had teams of 10 to 12 members who could rotate out on their respective teams during play. With only three members total, the NMJC team was at a disadvantage, but pulled through beautifully.

"What they've done is pretty impressive," said Sam Gilcrease, GM-ASEP automotive technology professor. "I hadn't planned on going to the Challenge without a team of at least four members, but the guys expressed a desire to go for it, so we did."

Competing schools included Brookhaven College of Dallas, TX; San Jacinto College of Houston, TX; Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee, OK; and NMJC. All are a part of the South Central Region GM-ASEP schools.

After the competition, the students went to Dallas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, to watch the NHRA races. Here they saw displayed the amazing power that some vehicles have, vehicles they are trained to work on.

For more information about the Challenge or the GM-ASEP program at NMJC, please contact Gilcrease at (575) 492-2863 or Javier Rivera at (575) 492-2866.

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