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Auto Student Earns Gold at SkillsUSA; Sets Sights for Russia

Litchfield's Jacob Greene earns gold, plans to compete at WorldSkills

Thursday, July 13, 2017
With a national win under his belt, a Parkland College Ford ASSET program student now looks toward competing internationally in automotive service technology excellence.

Jacob GreeneFreshman Jacob Greene, a Litchfield resident, was awarded the gold medal in Automotive Service Technology at the annual SkillsUSA Championships, which is the national-level competition for secondary and post-secondary students enrolled in CTE programs. The competition was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville June 19-23. 

With the win, Greene, an automotive technician at Victory Lane Ford in Litchfield, has qualified to compete internationally at WorldSkills in Russia in 2019.

The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at more than $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash, and material. All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. More than 1,200 industry judges participated this year. Winners receive medallions and frequently receive tools of their trade and or scholarships to further their careers and education. More than 6,000 students from every state and two territories competed in 100 contests in technical, skilled, and service occupations.

Upon graduation from Parkland College, Greene has the opportunity to become fully certified as a Ford technician with an associate's degree in automotive technology. As part of the Ford ASSET program, he will have had more than 32 weeks of hands-on training at his sponsoring Ford dealership, Victory Lane Ford in Litchfield.

Greene's high school automotive instructor, Eric Gray, and his Parkland Ford ASSET instructor, Thomas Fischer, are both 2008 graduates of Parkland's Ford ASSET program. Fischer, a Mahomet resident, serves as Jacob's SkillsUSA advisor.

For more information about the Ford ASSET program, visit the program web page or call Agriculture/Engineering Science and Technologies at 217/351-2481.

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