Area high school students put their skills to the test at the annual Automotive Skills and Welding Skills competitions at Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley on April 18.
In the Automotive Skills Competition, Seth Johnson of Northview High School was the top senior while Randy Wines of Linton was the top junior. In second place were senior Eli Topie of Northview High School and junior Rowland Hettlinger of Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
In the Welding Skills Competition, Dakota Fuchs of Blue River Career Center was the top senior while Cole Wiley of Terre Haute North Vigo High School was the top junior. In second place were senior David Maloon of Terre Haute North Vigo High School and junior Grant Kennedy of Parke-Vermillion Education and Training Interlocal (PVETI).
Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Ivy Tech Foundation awarded a $2000 scholarship to first place seniors and a $1000 scholarship to second place seniors. The scholarships help pay for tuition, books and fees at Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley.
The 12th annual automotive competition and the 11th annual welding competition give high school students a chance to visit the Ivy Tech campus, interact with Ivy Tech students and faculty and assess opportunities for continuing their education after high school.
More than 160 high school students attended the competitions. Those not competing toured the programs housed within the School of Technology and met with representatives from area businesses. “Not only do students get exposure to our automotive service and welding programs, they interact with our students and network with professionals already working in their industry,” said David Will, dean of the School of Technology. “We also take this opportunity to connect with area high school instructors to continue to build our relationships and dual enrollment agreements. With many of the students competing in these competitions, these agreements allow them to enter our program at a higher level, saving them money and will allow them to join the workforce sooner.”