WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, partners with Tomorrow’s Tech as title sponsors for the “2013 School of the Year” competition, have announced the Top 20 schools selected from nearly 160 entrants in the U.S.
“This year’s nominations are a reminder that technical schools across the U.S. continue to embrace automotive training as part of their curriculum,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “These skills are critical to auto technicians being trained in new technologies required to service today’s high-tech, complex vehicle systems.”
The Top 20 schools are:
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Marlboro, Mass.
Elizabethtown Technical and Community College Elizabethtown, Ky.
Lincoln College of Technology Columbia, Md.
Windham Technical High School Willimantic, Conn.
Lakewood High School Lakewood, Ohio
Sinclair Community College Dayton, Ohio
Lincoln College of Technology Indianapolis, Ind.
Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, Iowa
Baker College Flint, Mich.
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, Wis.
San Jacinto College Pasadena, Texas
R.L. Turner Automotive Technology Carrollton, Texas
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Choctaw, Okla.
Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute Forrest City, Ark.
Southeast Community College Milford, Neb.
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, Utah
Rio Hondo College Whittier, Calif.
Westwood College Denver, Colo.
Pocatello High School Pocatello, Idaho
“The ‘School of the Year’ competition has been a great success and we are thrilled with the quality of entrants this year,” said Jeff Stankard, publisher of Tomorrow’s Tech, a Babcox Media publication for automotive students. “Babcox and Tomorrow’s Tech share O’Reilly Auto Parts and WIX Filters’ support to dedicated students vying to be the future leaders in this industry.
“The annual contest is a great way to recognize automotive schools and highlight their instructors’ dedication in training the next generation of auto repairers, collision specialists and heavy-duty service personnel,” he added. “We look forward to more opportunities to reward students’ and instructors’ commitment to automotive excellence.”
This year marks the sixth year of the national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country. The program is open to all high schools or post-secondary schools that have a subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech. Of the 158 entries for the 2013 contest, 60 were from different high schools, technical schools and colleges.
The top 20 schools have been asked to submit a video highlighting their tech programs by Sept. 23. Judges will review the video entries and select four finalists; the winner will be selected from the four finalists and announced in October.
The winning school will receive a visit by Tomorrow’s Tech staff and program sponsors; $2,500 WIX Filters donation to the school’s program; O’Reilly and WIX Filters gear (hats, backpacks, key chains, shop banners and T-shirts, product samples); and an appearance by either the WIX or O’Reilly Auto Parts mobile marketing unit. In addition, the winning school’s instructor and guest will travel to Las Vegas and attend a Babcox Media recognition dinner at AAPEX in November.
Each school that is nominated will receive national recognition on Tomorrow’s Tech’s website, as well as through social media outlets. Schools that are selected to the Final Four receive a professional automotive tool set and a $250 gift card from O’Reilly Auto Parts.