2023 Automotive Skills Competition and Career Exploration

January 19, 2023

CTE hosted its annual Automotive Skills Competition and Career Exploration event on January 19. More than 160 students from nine different high schools participated in career exploration workshops and received workforce information in the areas of Automotive, Engineering & Technology, Woodworking, Electrical & IBEW, as preparation for both college and a career pathway. Students also toured the campus to learn about Río Hondo College’s many resources and programs. The highlight of the event was that 28 students of the seven out of the nine high schools participated in the Automotive Skills Competition. Students were led through a series of challenges by Río Hondo faculty and led by Professor Mike Dighera. The event culminated with lunch and an awards presentation where winners received trophies and prizes.

The 2023 Automotive Skills Competition Winners were:

School Competition:
First Place: Van Nuys High School
Second Place: Rowland High School
Third Place: California High School
Individual Competition:
First Place: Van Nuys High School
Second Place: Rowland High School
Third Place: Van Nuys High School

Without the support and participation of the following departments and organizations, the competition and career exploration day would not have been a success: Facilities, Security, CTE Faculty and Staff, Community Partnership for Teacher Pipeline Staff and Students, Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers, IBEW Local 11 Union, Operating Engineers Training Trust, Tesla and the high school teachers and staff from Baldwin Park High School, California High School, Hoover High School, Nogales High School, Rowland High School, Sylmar Charter High School, Whittier High School, and Van Nuys High School.

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