“We couldn’t do it without all of this help and support,” Neal said.
He also explained that the industry is in a huge growth period.
“I-CAR, the inter-industry conference on auto collision repair, estimates that there is a shortage of over 300,000 skilled technicians. These jobs are out there, and the top-level students can find a job pretty quickly.”
The results for collision repair technology show that Seth Foulke of Springfield-Clark CTC placed first; Garrett Burton of Miami Valley CTC placed second; Zachary Schulkers of Scarlet Oaks CDC was third; and Andrew Dick of Live Oaks JVS was fourth.
For automotive refinishing technology, Austin Panno of Live Oaks JVS placed first; William Steele of Springfield-Clark CTC placed second; Estuardo Ramirez of Scarlet Oaks CDC placed third; and Logan Jones of Upper Valley Career Center placed fourth.
The Pat Kowalski Memorial Award was presented to Gabrielle McCarroll of Miami Valley CTC. The award, named for the Voss collision center manager who brought the competition to Voss and worked tirelessly to help educate young techs, is presented to the student who exhibits integrity, dependability, initiative, positive attitude and service to others, much as Kowalski did during his life and career.