Two students in the Iowa Lakes Community College Automotive Technology Career Academy program at Algona High School scored well at a preparatory competition held recently.
James Jordan of Algona High and Spencer Thompson of Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne first traveled to DMACC with their entire class in mid-October where they took a written test along with more than 300 other students from 16 schools across the state.
Only those who scored well on the written test were invited back in mid-December. Jordan and Thompson ranked first in the written test.
“The top two students from the top eight schools … went back to DMACC … for the hands-on competition,” said Tim Ricklefs, Secondary Auto Technology Instructor for Iowa Lakes.
Jordan and Thompson placed third overall following the competition.
“There were eight different stations set up for all eight parts of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification,” added Ricklefs. “Students had to diagnose and fix the problems that the vehicles had ranging from bad blower motor relays to clogged fuel injectors.”
Both young men brought home a $400 scholarship and around $500 in tools.
The contest helps prepare the students for the SkillsUSA and Ford AAA competitions which will occur later in the school year.