WTA’s Auto Tech shop wins national contest

WTA Auto Tech students and instructors show Automotive Service Excellence pride. (Photo submitted)

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Technical Academy Automotive Technology department were the grand prize winners in the Cengage “Show Your Shop” national competition. Cengage publishes textbooks and curriculum for automotive maintenance and other education and technology fields.

Auto Tech instructor Dustin Raney said students entered photos from the shop that demonstrated Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) pride, innovative tools used by students and safety. The photos were judged by Cengage authors.

“We are happy to report that we have won the Grand Prize,” Raney said.

WTA Auto Tech students Caitlin Murphy, Sara Liptak and Mark Okhrimenko and instructor Dustin Raney in one of the winning photos. (Photo submitted)

WTA’s submission beat out 71 other entries to win a $1,000 Cengage /TechForce scholarship for one of the students to continue his or her education, and an ASE swag bag. Cengage Learning’s Marketing Manager and his partner will be visiting the shop in February to present the award. The students will also be featured on Cengage Learning’s website.

Students participating in the contest were Dakota Noel, Nate Rose, Aleksandr Lapko, Caitlin Murphy, Mark Okhrimenko, Kirill Okhrimenko, Joseph McClain, Edgar Cruz, Bernie Sanchez, Sara Liptak, Brendan Arnold, and Nathaniel Diaz. Auto Tech instructors are Bob Thibault, Charles Pignatare, and Dustin Raney.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” Raney said.

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