Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Richard Welsch and Travis Stalder, both juniors from Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield, placed eighth in the hands-on portion of the 2015 Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)/Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, December 11, 2015, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
The SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered in October 2015. The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition. During the hands-on portion of the competition, autos were "bugged" with identical problems. The students diagnosed the issues during a 90-minute contest.
Welsch and Stalder are taking courses through SWCC’s Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive repair technology program. These programs offer high school students opportunities to take career and technical-related coursework at the college thanks to a cooperative agreement between SWCC and their local high schools.
Steve Schmalzried, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor, accompanied the students to the competition.