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Auto Technology students compete in skills competition
21 May 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - Three students from United Tribes finished in the middle of the pack April 23 in the community college division of the annual North Dakota SkillsUSA competition.

Uriah Wise Spirit (Standing Rock), Nicole Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River) and Dave Shepherd finished 8th, 9th and 11th respectively during the challenging automotive detective event. The three are first-year students in the United Tribes Automotive Service Technology program.

Uriah Wise Spirit placed eighth among competitors.
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Fifteen students from North Dakota colleges were in the competition that challenges participants to diagnose and fix automotive problems. Ducheneaux was the only female.

The event allows students to test their technical skills against their peers and industry standards. During the competition, students move among 15 different stations where they are allowed only 15 minutes to diagnose and solve an automotive problem.

Dave Shepherd at the engine measuring station.
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The UTTC students were prepared for the competition by their instructors: Dale Pletan (program director) and Scott Graeber.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” said Pletan. “Most of the others were second-year students. Uriah’s work in particular was noted for being ‘very professional.’”

Personnel from local automotive businesses judged the day-long event conducted in the automotive area of the vocational building at Bismarck State College.

Nicole Ducheneaux performing a test with a multi-meter.
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SkillsUSA helps prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The national organization (http://www.skillsusa.org/index.shtml) maintains partnerships with corporations, trade associations, businesses and unions, who have a need for highly skilled technicians. The contests are designed, run and judged by industry leaders using industry standards.

More information about the United Tribes Automotive Service Technology: Dale Pletan, 701-255-3285 x 1422, dpletan@uttc.edu.



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