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Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:08

Aims Community College Auto Students Place in Top 10 at SkillsUSA Competition

Aims Community College Auto Students Place in Top 10


Aims Community College automotive students Ben Falconer and Grant Kennedy placed in the top 10 at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY, which took place June 20–24.

Forty-nine states were represented at the competition.

This is the second consecutive year that Falconer and Kennedy competed in the national competition. Falconer took first place in high school refinishing for the second consecutive year. Kennedy took tenth place in post-secondary collision.

“We are so proud Ben and Grant placed in the top 10 at a national automotive competition, with Ben defending his first place title,” said Aims president Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “We hope more students are inspired by this accomplishment because automotive jobs are in demand and our program is proving to be the best in the country.”

The students first compete at a district competition and must place in the top three to qualify for the state competition. Both Falconer and Kennedy placed first in the district and state competitions in each of their events and were able to move on to the national level.

Aims automotive instructor and faculty competition representative Mike Hanscome accompanied the students. “The competition meant a lot to all of us this year," Hanscome said. "Ben and Grant did not disappoint. They were professional, courteous, and represented Aims Community College to the highest degree. I am very proud to be a part of this with them.”

SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“This achievement highlights the outstanding education provided to Aims students and is a remarkable success for our program and college,” said Deb Kish, vice president for academic affairs. “We are so proud of our students and faculty.”

For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.