Win at Louisiana competition qualifies him for national competition next month.
Frank Fowler, a student in the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Program in Motor Vehicle Technology at Delgado Community College, won a gold medal in the statewide SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology competition and will represent the state of Louisiana at the SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky in June.
Fowler lives in Livingston, LA and is employed by Robinson Brothers Ford Lincoln in Baton Rouge.
Fowler and five additional Delgado Motor Vehicle Technology students, accompanied by instructor-advisors Lyle Christopher McDonald and Richard Vargas, attended the SkillsUSA 2015 statewide competition held in March at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.
SkillsUSA is a national organization in all 50 states. The statewide event is considered a “Workforce Olympics” of career and technical education in Louisiana. During the competitions, students match their abilities against their peers in contests designed and judged by experts from local business and industry. The championships are one of the state’s largest gatherings of business, industry and education.
The national SkillsUSA championships are the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The multi-million-dollar event occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2014, there were nearly 6,000 contestants in 98 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.
The philosophy of the SkillsUSA championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.
SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology contestants, including Delgado’s Fowler, will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Contestants will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. There are 13 skill stations including a written test.