ANKENY, Iowa — Twenty-nine Perry High School students recently competed in the 28th annual DMACC/Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) Automotive Skills Contest at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.
The PHS students were among about 220 students representing 16 high schools competing from across Iowa in the written portion of the contest. The hands-on portion of the contest will follow in December.
Eight two-member teams of Iowa high school automotive students qualified for the hands-on portion of the Automotive Skills Contest by having the highest average scores on the written test. The Dec. 13 contest will include eight skill-based stations in the following automotive areas: engine mechanical, automatic transmission, manual transmission and drive trains, steering and suspension, brakes, electrical diagnosis, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
Along with the DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy, schools qualifying for the hands-on portion of the contest were:
Ames/Ballard/South Hamilton High Schools, Boone High School, Collins-Maxwell/Colo-NESCO/North Polk/Roland-Story/West Marshall High Schools, DMACC Ankeny Career Academy, Le Mars High School, Nevada High School and Southwest Community College Career Academy.
The alternate school is Des Moines Central Academy in the event that one of the other schools is not able to attend.
DMACC Automotive Technology Program Chairperson Jerry Burns said the winning student teams will receive tools and equipment donated by the Iowa Automobile Dealers Associatio,n and their respective schools will receive automotive components to be used for training purposes. The DMACC Foundation will also provide scholarships for each member of the winning team.
Dan Ivis is the media liaison at the Des Moines Area Community College.