Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI: NYSE) Mooresville campus, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech), welcomed students from around the Charlotte area and the region to compete for a total of $59,000 in scholarships, using in-demand automotive technology skills and knowledge.
23 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee went head-to-head at the campus on Saturday, competing in both hands-on and written tests on vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems using NASCAR Tech’s state-of-the-industry facility and equipment. Each student placing on a top 10 team won a scholarship, ranging from $1,000 for fourth through 10th place, to $10,000 for a first place finish. The top three teams also walked away with a Snap-On tool set for their school.
Students on the winning team of two, Blake Holbrooks and Devin Fruendt of Clover High School in Clover, S.C., demonstrated know-how in all competitive areas. They now have a chance to advance their skill set after high school thanks to a $10,000 scholarship, which can be applied to one of Universal Technical Institute’s 12 campuses nationwide.
“It is incredibly valuable for high school students to have the opportunity to develop these skills in automotive technology, and we always look forward to celebrating their achievements,” said Jennifer Bergeron, campus president at NASCAR Technical Institute. “We have been hosting the Top Tech Challenge competition for a decade now, and each time I’m impressed by students’ breadth and depth of knowledge. It’s also been exciting to see the competition grow as more students become aware of the career opportunities available in the automotive industry.”
Recently, the federal government has tripled its estimate for the number of transportation technicians needed nationwide by 2026. According to new projections, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries. To help reach that total, the transportation industry will have to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually on average.
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