Ohio Technical College Continues Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Sponsorship with $325,000 in Scholarships

Cleveland, Ohio — Ohio Technical College (OTC) awarded $325,000 in scholarships to high school students competing in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge National Championship at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is a timed competition among invited automotive tech teams from local high schools to tear down and reassemble high performance 350 Chevy engines. Teams consist of five students and an instructor/coach, and the top 10 teams competed for scholarship prizes during the Showdown at SEMA event.

"These young students get better and better each year, shaving minutes off the clock while successfully disassembling and reassembling the Chevy engine," said Tom King, V.P. of enrollment management/technical training at OTC.  "We are proud to partner with Hot Rodders of Tomorrow and to promote our joint mission of cultivating the next generation of automotive talent."

First place went to Team Moroso from Loara High School in Anaheim, Calif., who averaged 21:08 minutes.  Each team member won a $10,000 OTC scholarship.  The additional results are:

  • Second place – Team Painless Performance from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center in Choctaw, Okla., each won $9,000 OTC scholarships.
  • Third place – Team Comp Cams from East Ridge High School #1 in Chattanooga, Tenn., each received $8,000 OTC scholarships.
  • Fourth place – Team ARP from East Ridge High School #2 in Chattanooga, Tenn., each won $7,000 OTC scholarships. 
  • Fifth place – Team Fel-Pro from Joliet Central High School in Joliet, Ill. each earned $6,000 in OTC scholarships. 
  • Sixth place – Team Motive Gear from Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Ill., each won $5,000 scholarships from OTC. 
  • Seventh place – Team Royal Purple from Burton Center for Arts and Technology in Salem, Va., each received $5,000 OTC scholarships.
  • Eighth place – Team Hawk Performance from Elkhart Area Career Center #1 in Elkhart, Ind., each won $5,000 OTC scholarships.
  • Ninth place – Team Autometer from Elkhart Area Career Center #2 in Elkhart, Ind., each received $5,000 in scholarships from OTC.
  • Tenth place – Team K&N from North Orange County ROP in Anaheim, Calif., each received $5,000 OTC scholarships.

The winners can use their scholarship prizes to attend Ohio Technical College, where students learn a wide array of technician skills in automotive, collision repair, high performance and racing, welding and diesel, or OTC's branch campus the PowerSport Institute, where students train to service the motorcycles and other power sport vehicles of all major manufacturers.  This is the third year OTC has sponsored the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow showdown at SEMA.
For more information about Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, visit www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com.
Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students.  An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space.  OTC offers technician training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Bike Building, Custom Paint and Graphics, and Power Generator Systems.  Motorcycle technician training is provided through the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio.  For more information, call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotech.edu  and www.psi-now.com.

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