(Bradenton, FL—April 22, 2013) Two of Manatee Technical Institute’s high school Automotive Technology students, Wade Ingram and Skyler Bellows, won first in the State of Florida in the Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge State Hands-On Competition.The MTI student team was one of ten qualifying teams in the state of Florida to compete for the opportunity to represent their state in the 64th Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge in June.
At the Hands-On Competition, the MTI team raced against the clock to correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately “bugged” 2013 Ford Focus SE. A combination of the MTI students’ hands-on competition and online written exam scores qualified them as the state’s championship team.
MTI sees the competition as a way to help students start promising careers in the automotive repair industry, where there is a rising demand for well-trained technicians that can repair both computer and mechanical components in today’s vehicles. The competitions are organized with the support of AAA and Ford personnel and local automotive instructors.