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Students from the Fox Valley Career Center claimed the trophy in Waubonsee Community College's recent Automotive Technology Competition, involving students from four local high schools - Oswego, Oswego East, Sandwich's Indian Valley Vocational Center and FVCC.

Waubonsee Hosts High School Auto Tech Competition

High school students from four area schools put their automotive repair skills to the test in Waubonsee Community College’s annual Automotive Technology Competition.

Organized by Waubonsee Automotive Technology faculty, including Professors of Automotive Technology Ken Kunz and Jim Armitage and Automotive Technology Instructor Guy Tiberio through the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES), the annual competition offers students a “reality check about their skills,” said Kunz.

Participating schools included Oswego High School, Oswego East, Fox Valley Career Center and Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich.

Students participating in the competition spent three hours moving among skill stations in Waubonsee’s Automotive Technology shop, tackling various challenges related to the automotive field, such as electrical diagnosis, front end alignment, timing belt replacement, computer diagnosis and other related skills today’s technicians must perform.

Fox Valley Career Center captured the trophy this year, marking the second time FVCC has won since the competition began in 2008.

“Most participants realize they need further education,” Kunz said. “Meeting the staff and talking with our past graduates shows the students we’re here to help them start and succeed in their career.”