Winners of GPADA/CCAC automotive competition gear up for national competition in New York

Article by:  CCAC Public Relations

Press Release

PITTSBURGH—The first-place winners in the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association/Community College of Allegheny County Western Pennsylvania Automotive Competition are gearing up to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City March 28–30.

Logan Holmes and Stone Lewandowski of Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center were one of six teams from four area high schools to compete in the two-part competition, held at CCAC’s West Hills Center in January and February. The competition included a written exam and multiple hands-on, troubleshooting stations where the participants had to diagnose and correct problems with different vehicles. The students were scored by automotive industry personnel as well as CCAC instructors. Vehicle conditions and stations were based on situations that the students may encounter in the national competition, where they will compete against students from 30 high schools from across the country.

Accompanying the students to New York City will be Karl Watson Jr., CCAC Automotive instructor; Brian Pegg, Westmoreland Career & Technology Center instructor; and David Amati, GPADA director of Business Development. The teams will compete for a variety of prizes during the three-day event and will also have an opportunity to attend the New York International Auto Show.

As first-place winners of the local competition, Holmes and Lewandowski each received a $2,000 scholarship from GPADA to use at the school of their choice and an additional $1,000 scholarship to continue their education, if they so choose, at CCAC.


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