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Trades Programs Compete in State Competition

two students standing in the automotive repair shop.

Published on April 20th, 2023

Students from Southwest Virginia Community College are participating in a state-wide trades program competition in Chesapeake, VA April 21st and April 22nd, 2023.

Automotive diagnostic and repair students along with students enrolled in the Precision Machining program at the college will compete in the SkillsUSA Virginia events to be hosted at Tidewater Community College.

James Bostic and Brittany Shrewsbury from the automotive program will be competing in 10 areas based on standards of the Automotive Service Excellence® (ASE) program and certifications.

At Southwest, students in the automotive repair program have an opportunity to earn NC3 Snap-On® and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE®) Entry-Level credentials, in addition to the Career Studies Certificate in Automotive Diagnostics and Repair.

The precision machining program is designed to provide students with an introduction to the machining industry. The curriculum will be developed by using a combination of lectures, in-class demonstrations, and videos.

The curriculum will also be developed around the following equipment: CAD/CAM, lathes, mills drill press, surface grinders, CNC lathe and CNC mill. The students will develop skills in blueprint reading, mathematics, drafting, and soft skills to better prepare the students for employment. Students successfully completing the two semesters in this program will receive a career studies certificate in Precision Machining.

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