Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Marshall Eddleman and Wyatt Vasey, both of Winterset, placed fourth in the hands-on portion of the 2021 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

These SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered in October. 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.

Eddleman and Vasey are both seniors at Winterset High School. These students are taking classes at SWCC through the high school automotive repair technology Career Academy. These programs offer high school students with opportunities to take career and technical-related coursework at the college thanks to cooperative agreements between SWCC and their local high schools. Eddleman is in his first year of the program and Vasey is in his second year of the program.

Jeff Sorensen and Kole Vogel, SWCC automotive repair technology instructors, accompanied the students to the competition.

Pictured above (L to R): Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor; Wyatt Vasey of Winterset; Marshall Eddleman of Winterset; and Kole Vogel, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor.