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Friday, 11 May 2018 20:50

Automotive Students Succeed at SkillsUSA in CO

Written by Staff, Brush News-Tribune
MCC students competed at the 2018 state SkillsUSA Conference in Colorado Springs. Back row: Alfonso Martinez, Anthony Chavez, Sheryl Hass and Tim Grauberger. Front row: Medalists Hunter Evans, Walker Graff and Jaime Ramos. MCC students competed at the 2018 state SkillsUSA Conference in Colorado Springs. Back row: Alfonso Martinez, Anthony Chavez, Sheryl Hass and Tim Grauberger. Front row: Medalists Hunter Evans, Walker Graff and Jaime Ramos. Courtesy photo

Morgan Community College automotive collision repair student Walker Graff brought home the gold from the state SkillsUSA Conference April 18--20 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Graff came in first in the college-level automotive refinishing technology competition. His top-place finish qualifies him to advance to the national competition this June in Louisville, KY.


Hunter Evans and Jaime Ramos, MCC concurrently enrolled students, earned bronze medals in the high school level of the contest. Evans earned third place in collision repair and Ramos placed third in automotive refinishing technology.


Classmates Alfonso Martinez, Anthony Chavez and Sheryl Hass also earned the privilege of competing at the state level.


Students in the collision repair contest were tested in metalworking, welding, plastics, frame analysis, job interview skills and on how well they completed a written test and hand-written repair estimate. Refinishing contestants were evaluated on their skills in base/coat blend and clear coat, primer application, masking, paint code identification and assessment, color tinting, job interview skills and preparing an estimate.


"All of the MCC students who competed did well. Everyone on the team earned a Dura-Block tool set used for blocking primer and fillers. I am very proud of them," said MCC Automotive Collision Repair Faculty Tim Grauberger.


SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Additional information can be found at skillsusa.org.


For information about MCC's automotive programs, visit morgancc.edu or call 800-622-0216.


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