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Ten Automotive Technology Students Qualify for State SkillsUSA Competition

Ten Aims Community College automotive technology students have advanced to the state level of the SkilsUSA Challenge competition after dominating at the regional competition on February 14 at Northeastern Junior College.

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The state competition is being held in Colorado Springs in April. 

SkilsUSA tests high school and college students in a variety of automotive collision and repair challenges, as well as service challenges. Students also participated in mock job interviews during the day to help them prepare for their future. Aims students received the following awards:

High school refinishing competition

  • Anahi Najera placed first
  • Sergio Lopez Cordova finished third

Post-secondary refinishing competition

  • Kaiden Brier placed first

Post-secondary collision category

  • Jo Boden finished second
  • Jacob Graffenberger took third

Estimating category, Aims swept the podium

  • Michael Kunkel finished first
  • Jamie Frey took second
  • Blake McClure placed third

Post-secondary service competition

  • Jacob Downey finished first
  • Liam Kendrick placed third

“The instructors in the automotive department do an incredible job preparing these hard-working students for their careers. This competition exemplifies the high caliber skills the students have developed,” said Aims CEO and President, Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “Our students continue to impress everyone at the college with their drive and the success they achieve at the highly respected SkillsUSA Challenge.”

Students who take first place at the state competition will be invited to compete at the national competition held in Louisville, KY in June. Aims students have had recent success at the state competition with five students finishing in the top three last year- two students winning gold and moving on to nationals.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an individual membership organization serving middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA is recognized as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor. At the National SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas each June. These national competitions establish industry standards for entry-level workers in many fields.

About Aims’ Automotive Programs
The Aims Automotive program is an accredited program with certificates and degrees in Collision Repair and Service Technology. Recognized as one of the leading automotive programs in Colorado, the program has a 91 percent total positive placement in automotive service according to 2015-16 graduate reports. Visit for more information.  

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