Colcord High School student Franklin Huff will be one of the hundreds of students who gather in Tulsa in April for the SkillsUSA State Competition. Huff is enrolled in the Auto Service Technology Program at NTC Kansas, and he placed first in last week’s regional competition.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way all four of our students represented NTC during the competition,” said Auto Service Technology Instructor Adam Wolf. “This is always a tough contest with lots of skilled competitors, and it feels really good to walk away with the top spot.”
SkillsUSA is a national student organization that offers training, career opportunities, scholarships and prizes through annual competitions. Depending on the program, students may compete at regional, state or national levels.
The Auto Service Technology competition requires students to demonstrate their ability to perform a variety of tasks as outlined by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Participants are judged on accuracy, quality of work, safety and competency.
“Not only did Franklin place first in the high school division, he had the overall high score,” Wolf said. “Because of that, he was awarded a $500 scholarship from Jim Norton Toyota to be used at OSU-IT.”
Three other students – James Rowe, Dylan Gilmore and Zachary Whorton – also participated in the competition. Only the top three finishers move on to the state competition, and Franklin will be the sole representative of NTC Kansas during the next round of competition.
“Franklin has a great shot at winning state and moving on to nationals,” Wolf said. “His moving on to the next round would be great for NTC, but it also increases the job opportunities and scholarships available to him, and that’s what’s most important”
The Auto Service Technology Program at NTC Kansas combines classroom study with practical hands-on training to give students the skills needed to get a job as a skilled automotive service technician. The only program of its kind at NTC Kansas, the class fills up quickly, and enrollment for next year is already underway. For more information about the NTC Kansas Auto Service Technology Program, contact the Kansas Campus student advisor at 918-868-3535.