A two-student team from Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker won the 2015 Louisiana Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills challenge.
Devan Bennett and Brandon House moved one step closer to becoming the best student automotive technicians in the country by winning the Louisiana competition on April 23 in Alexandria, a news release said.
Along with their instructor, Joshua Murphy, Bennett and House advance to the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills national competition June 7-9 in Dearborn, Michigan.
The contest, designed to find the most talented young auto technicians in the U.S., is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in automotive technology courses and encourages automotive technology students from across the country to pursue careers in the automotive industry by learning about high-tech equipment, the need to be well-trained and complex vehicle systems.
At the national competition, Bennett and House will square off against teams from the 49 other states in a two-part contest that includes a written exam and a hands-on vehicle repair exercise. The hands-on repair portion requires competitors to accurately diagnose and fix identically “bugged” Ford vehicles.
For winning the state competition, Bennett and House earned scholarships to Ford Motor Co.’s ASSET program and more than $20,000 in other scholarship opportunities and prizes. Scholarships and prizes totaling more than $130,000 were made available to Louisiana teams participating in the competition, the release said.
Bennett and House qualified for participation in the state hands-on portion of the contest by scoring highest among their classmates on an online exam. They then faced nine of the best two-person teams in the state in a race against the clock to identify and repair identically bugged parts.
The state contest was held at the Alexandria Riverfront Center.