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SWCC student places in national competition

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:50 a.m. CST

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation. Hogue qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition April 25 at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2013 competition in Ankeny.

At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 contestants competed in 98 events. During the collision repair technology contest, Hogue was asked to demonstrate his ability to perform jobs and skills based on a task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition included a series of workstations to assess skills in metal straightening, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis; a personal interview and written test.

Hogue, a May 2010 graduate of Lenox High School, received his diploma from SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program in June and will continue his studies at SWCC in the fall to earn his Associate of Applied Science degree after the 2013-14 school year.

SWCC is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program. SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE/NATEF certification and the only program in the state to have the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Gold Class designation. SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom. Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

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