Auto tech students place at state competition

Two local mechanics have shown the state, AAA and the Ford Motor Company they know their way around an automobile.

Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center Students Brandon Compson and Dillon Baasch were at the West Fargo Fairgrounds with their automotive technology instructor Jim McFadgen to compete in the state finals of the 2012 Ford AAA Student Automotive Skills competition. The pair took second place for their efforts.

Tech center director Jeff Bopp said he received a picture from McFadgen on his phone of the winning team.

“I don’t know if Jim was trying to tease me or what, but it was a picture of him and the kids and a trophy, but I couldn’t read what the trophy said,” Bopp said at Thursday’s SVACTC board meeting. “I finally got an answer that they took second place. So they aren’t going on (to further competition) but they did very well anyway.”

The board also discussed this summer’s BAIT (Business And Information Technology) Camp, a three-day workshop put on in conjunction with the Valley City State University business department.

“The intent is to encourage kids to explore careers in business technology and information technology,” Bopp said.

The camp began a few years ago and takes place at the tech center, the VCSU campus and offers field trip opportunities.

The tech center is currently seeking sponsors for the camp to put up $5,500 to help defray the registration fee the students must pay for attending.

“Unless we can find sponsors it (the fee) would be somewhat prohibitive,” said Bopp on Friday.

Parties interested in sponsoring can contact the SVACTC at (701) 845-0256.