Cleveland, Ohio — Ohio Technical College will take its "Fuel Your Future Tour" to the Detroit Autorama, Feb. 25-27, 2011, at Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich., giving attendees a chance to learn about airbrushing techniques and career opportunities from the automotive technical college.
The display features renowned airbrush artist Richard Markham, who will showcase popular skills like airbrushing flames, true fire and skulls during live demonstrations. Markham will also share details of Ohio Technical College’s Custom Paint and Graphics program, a 12-week course that teaches airbrushing, 3-D paint effects, exotic paint, chameleon colors, flames and pinstriping.
"We are heavily involved in the Detroit Autorama with demonstrations, contests and scholarships because many students come to our Cleveland-based school from the Detroit area," said Tom King, OTC’s VP of Enrollment Management/Technical Training. "With such a wide variety of technical training programs available – we offer everything from Classic Car Restoration and Custom Bike Building to Auto-Diesel and High Performance and Racing – students can develop a strong education to help them start rewarding careers in the automotive industry."
King will address high school students during the Autorama’s Career Day event on Friday, encouraging future techs to pursue their passion in the industry. Students who attend the Career Day presentation will have a chance to win one of 10 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to attend OTC, as well as numerous prizes including a Matco Silver Edge tool set and weekend airbrush workshops.
In addition, the college will host the OTC-Edelbrock Carburetor Challenge and a Custom Paint Contest for a chance to win Ohio Technical College scholarships. The Carburetor Challenge pits 28 high school teams against each other as they battle to tear down and rebuild an Edelbrock Carburetor in the fastest time. The first place team receives $5,000 each; 2nd place gets $4,000 each; 3rd place receives $3,000 each; and all other participates earn $1,500 each.
During the custom paint contest, area high schools will design a Stylin’ Concepts hood scoop and will be judged by the crowd and Markham to receive prizes. First place will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship plus a Richard Markham airbrush kit and video per student; 2nd place receives $1,500 per student; 3rd place $1,000 per student; and all other participates $500 per student.
About Ohio Technical College
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. In 2009, OTC celebrated its 40th year and was named School of the Year in the 2nd annual Tomorrow’s Technician/Chicago Pneumatic competition. 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. Drawing students from all over the United States, 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, write to Ohio Technical College at 1374 E. 51st St. Cleveland, Ohio, 44103; call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotechnicalcollege.com and www.psi-now.com.
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