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NFADA AutoTech Competition Organizers Thankful for Sponsors, Scholarships
NFADA AutoTech Competition Organizers Thankful for Sponsors, Scholarships


The annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial High School AutoTech Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17. Winners will be crowned in both the diagnostic skills and tire-changing competition, and thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, prizes and scholarships will be awarded to hard-working local students.

The competition will be held at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding with an awards ceremony at approximately 3 p.m. Highlights of the competition include a diagnostic skills competition for high school seniors and a tire-changing competition for juniors. Each team will consist of two competitors. 

At stake in the local competition are trophies, prizes and college scholarship awards. More importantly, the top local team in the diagnostic skills competition will automatically qualify for the National Automotive Technology Competition held at the New York International Auto Show in April, where they will compete for over $3 million in prizes and scholarships!

“None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our competition sponsors,” said NFADA President Paul Stasiak. “Their support helps our students continue their education in the automotive field and ensures a strong workforce right here in Western New York.”

General Motors will serve as the vehicle sponsor for the event and will provide six 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for the students to compete on. The WNY Ford Dealers return as a competition contributor in 2015, sponsoring the front end alignment and electrical work stations and providing two display vehicles. Subaru is also sponsoring the front end alignment station and is providing a 2015 Subaru Forester to be worked on at the alignment station. 

Teams currently scheduled to compete, representing career and technical high schools from the Western New York area, include Burgard High School, Ellicottville BOCES, Genesee Valley Career & Tech Center, Harkness Career Center, Hewes Educational Center, Kenton Career Center, LoGuidice Educational Center, Niagara Career & Tech Center, Orleans Career & Tech Center, Potter Career & Tech Center and WD Ormsby Career & Tech Center. 

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association is a trade association with new vehicle dealership members from Western and Central New York. It provides products and services to members including insurance products, safety and health programs, and compliance programs to help members save time and money.

For more information on the NFADA and the AutoTech program, please visit www.nfada.com. You can also follow the AutoTech program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NfadaRonSmithMemorialAutotechCompetition.


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