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SkillsUSA high school competition at NOVA-Manassas

On Wednesday, March 8, the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host the regional SkillsUSA high school competition in automotive technology and maintenance. Students from C.D. Hylton Senior High School, Osbourn High School, Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center, Northern Neck Technical Center and other local schools are expected. The best time for interviews and photos is between 9:30 a.m. and noon.

Competition Information
The competition consists of a written test at 9 a.m. followed by four work stations. The work stations vary from tool and component identification to brake tasks, electrical troubleshooting, component measuring with micrometers, and more. High school students will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. Winners advance to the state competition with the opportunity to win a spot in the national competition.

Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas (10950 Campus Drive, Manassas). Drive around the traffic circle in the front of the classroom buildings and turn right. The automotive building is at the back of the campus.

Automotive instructor Gary Phares at 703-257-6676 or gphares@nvcc.edu.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

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