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Portland Community College hosts Oregon SkillsUSA 2023 competitions

Sixty students from nine Oregon high schools competed in the automotive technology tests

Gladstone, Ore.—The Northwest Automotive Trade Association (NATA) stated it was proud to support this year’s Oregon SkillsUSA 2023 Automotive Technology competitions, hosted once again by Portland Community College (PCC) at its Sylvania Campus. Sixty students from nine Oregon high schools competed.

The first-place winner for Automotive Service Technology was Carson Dayton of Vale High School. The first-place winner for Maintenance & Light Repair was Sean Welch of Aloha High School.

The skills tests are created by the PCC automotive instructors. These tests align with the standards set down by the SkillsUSA organization. NATA stated it could not produce this event without PCC’s support.

Unlike other Oregon SkillsUSA trade competitions, the event for students included a catered lunch and swag bags for each student. This year Lithia Motor Company funded the lunch provided to this group. Swag included gifts from: Lithia Motor Company, Beaverton Toyota, Subaru of America, Timken, Aisin, Advics, ASE, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Pacific Office Automation, Autozone, Carquest Technical Institute, Portland Transmission Warehouse, Expert Auto Repair, Tire Rack, Enterprise Rent A Car, Factory Motor Parts, Kaiser Permanente, and Healthnet.

Industry volunteers included Mike and Abe Burch of Expert Auto Repair, Ian Lomax of AAA Oregon/Idaho, Drew Marques of Benson Polytech High School, Tiffany Neil of Team Continental, Rick Lockwood of Clackamas Community College, Kylie Braack and Brittney Osterhout of Lithia Motor Company, Sean Morin and Kenny Bower of Lithia Buick GMC of Beaverton & Cadillac of Portland, Jimmy Schaberg of Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Portland, Brandon Godbey and Joe Davis of Lithia Mercedes Benz of Portland, Todd Weedman of Lithia Oregon City Subaru, Mark Dikeos of Pacific Motorsports, Scott LaPlante of Sherwood Auto Repair, Jim Waters and crew of Beaverton Toyota, Leslie Macaulay (retired from PCC).

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