May 14, 2007 12:48 ET

For the First Time Ever, Two Females Compete in Statewide Auto Repair Championship

Texas Student Techs Team Up in Houston to Be Best in State

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 14, 2007 --

What:          The FORD/AAA STUDENT AUTO SKILLS CONTEST is a statewide
               competition, where a team of two students race the clock to
               correctly diagnose and repair a deliberately ‘bugged’ Ford
               vehicle.  The best team advances to the state finals
               (see list of teams below).

Who:           The best of the best in high school automotive technology

Why:           Advancements in automobile safety, fuel management, and
               comfort have all led to a greatly increasing reliance on
               computers and electronic components; therefore, today’s
               technician must be well educated and stay on the cutting
               edge of computer and electronic technology.  At the same
               time, these technicians must be well versed in all aspects
               of mechanical repair procedures and service intervals and

               According to the US Department of Labor, there is an
               estimated shortage of 60,000 trained service and repair
               technicians.  In 2000, there were 840,000 automotive
               technicians employed nationwide with an expected growth
               increase of 10-20% through the year 2010.

               The state champion team will earn scholarships and prizes
               and advance to the National Finals at Ford’s World
               Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 26, 2007.

When:          Friday, May 18, 2007 @ 9:00 AM (sharp)

Where:         Reliant Stadium (One Reliant Park) 610 @ Kirby
               (Houston, TX). (Green Lot, enter Stadium at the Ford Gate
               (SW corner of Reliant Stadium)

Participating  Elgin High School (Elgin, TX),  Ball H.S. (Galveston),
Schools:       Birdville Career Center (Haltom City),
               Alief Hastings H.S. (Houston), Brownfield H.S.
               (Brownfield, TX), Klein H.S. (Klein), Ben Barber Career
               Tech Academy (Mansfield), Paris H.S. (Paris), Pearland H.S.
               (Pearland), Automotive Technology Academy (San Antonio)

               The two females attend Pearland High School and
               Klein High School.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Rose Rougeau
    1.800.888.5521 ext. 6552
    713.284.6552 (direct)
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