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Automotive Team Competes at State

State qualifiers Gunner Horn, Quinn Boyce, Austin Stromgren and Anthony Freund (Hamilton High School) stand in the FHTC automotive shop with Automotive Technology instructors Bret Pope and Robert Sieberns.

For the second year in a row, Flint Hills Technical College will be sending two teams to the Ford AAA State Contest in May.  The competition will take place at the Kansas Technology Center at Pittsburg State University, and will include 10 two-person teams. Only 10 teams qualify for state each year, and the College considers it a honor to have two of the qualifying teams.  Four talented students qualified: Austin Stromgren, Gunner Horn, Quinn Boyce, all from Osage City; and Anthony Freund from Hamilton.

According to Student Auto Skills, the Ford / AAA Student Auto Skills competition fosters young people’s interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers.  The competition is co-sponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company.  Its objective is to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. 

Everyone who registers gets the opportunity to demonstrate their automotive knowledge and qualify for prizes by taking a written exam.  Those students scoring the highest participate in a “hands-on” competition within their respective state, challenging students to diagnose and fix uniformly “bugged” new Ford vehicles as quickly as possible while ensuring quality workmanship. The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor is provided an expense-paid trip to the national finals.

“This is an intense and prestigious competition.  We couldn’t be more proud of these students!  They have been very studious and have worked hard to qualify for State competition, and their work is not over yet.  We have seen a very serious interest by all four students to compete at their best on May 7th.  They will have an hour and a half to diagnose and repair a new 2015 Ford Fiesta with multiple drivability and accessory “bugs” that have been purposely placed in them by the competition officials.  Flint Hills Technical College is proudly represented by these four students,” stated Robert Sieberns, Automotive Technology Instructor.

Flint Hills Technical College offers a one-year Technical Certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Stromgren, Horn and Boyce will each graduate in May 2016 with a Technical Certificate, and Freund will receive an associate’s degree in May 2017.  To learn more about the automotive technology program, or the other 19 programs offered at FHTC, visit www.fhtc.edu.