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Monday, 13 June 2016 17:04

Students Win Big in Auto Tech Competition at UTI Rancho Cucamonga

High School Students Win Big in Auto Tech Competition at UTI Rancho Cucamonga
High school students work together to solve hands-on auto technician challenges at UTI’s Top Tech Challenge, an educational opportunity to win scholarship funds and industry tools.


This spring, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) awarded six students from Upland High School and Monte Vista High School a total of $45,000 in scholarships for exemplary performance in a series of auto technician tests at the Top Tech Challenge event.

The top three teams also received trophies and Snap On tools for their high school’s shop class. In total, UTI Rancho Cucamonga hosted 12 teams from high schools in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties to compete in diagnostic challenges, precision measuring, relay testing and written exams.

Winning Teams
1st Place: Ryan Connor and Derek Klingensmith from Upland High School
·Awarded $10,000 each in scholarship tuition, Snap On tool box including tools (valued at $2,000)
2nd Place: Erick Palomares and Raul Barragan Jr. from Monte Vista High School in Moreno Valley
·Awarded $7,500 each in scholarship tuition, tools (valued at $1,500)
3rd Place: Robert Flores and Shahid Rolaman from Upland High School
·Awarded $5,000 each in scholarship tuition, tools (valued at $1,000)

Top Tech Challenge is an event held at UTI campuses nationwide to connect with the technicians of tomorrow, provide a valuable education opportunity, and nurture positive relationships with school district representatives, counselors, and auto shop teachers. Every student who competed proved the value of hands-on learning and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) application for in-demand careers.

An additional $1,000 in scholarship tuition was awarded to each team member that placed 4th to 10th in the competition. Other teams included students from Corona High School, Southwest High School, Bloomington High School, Canyon Springs High School, Centennial High School, and Torrey Pines High School.

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