By Levy Joffrion
Manley's Students Win
Automotive students at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., earned first- and second-place trophies and scholarships at the 2011 State Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.
Seniors Kyle Thomas and Ryan Presnal repaired their 2012 Ford Mustang in 75 minutes by diagnosing "bugs" placed in their vehicle by master Ford technicians, and they had the only perfect car of the day. This earned the pair a first-place state trophy and their choice of scholarships to post-secondary schools, including a two-year scholarship to Lincoln College of Technology in Denver. Scholarships totaled more than $80,000 for Kyle and Ryan.
Smoky Hill is the school where one of the automotive technology instructors is Brian Manley, a regular contributor to AutoInc.'s Tech to Tech Department.
More than 160 women from all segments of the collision repair industry attended the fifth annual Women's Industry Network (WIN) Conference May 2 in San Diego.
Among highlights of the conference was a presentation by Greg Horn, vice president of industry relations for Mitchell International, detailing current trends as well as insights into the effects of the Japan earthquake and tsunami and thoughts on electric and micro vehicles.
The North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) will hold their 2011 Conference July 18-22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The conference will feature more than 30 presentations covering the largest in automotive technology.
Attendees will earn the 20 hours of professional development required by ASE's National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
"The conference keeps automotive instructors up-to-date on the latest in vehicle technology and instructional aids to ensure that students receive the best possible education experience in automotive career and technical education programs available in North America," said Jeff Curtis, NACAT president.
ASA's 2010 Annual Report is available online in the Members Only section. Members may access it by logging in with their member number at www.ASAshop.org and clicking on the "Annual Report" button in the left navigation menu of the Members Only section.
Auto Body World Collision Centers, an ASA member that began doing business in Phoenix in 1962, in June opened its eighth location - in Chandler, Ariz.
Arizona's largest independently owned multi-shop operator, Auto Body World Collision Centers has locations throughout the metro Phoenix and Casa Grande markets. David Fait, the firm's CEO, said: "This addition is an important step in Auto Body World's overall growth strategy, which includes deeper expansion into Arizona."
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