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High School Seniors to Compete in AutoTech Competition

High School Seniors to Compete in AutoTech Competition

 

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College are hosting the 2014 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers are the vehicle sponsors and will be providing six 2014 Ford Fusions for the students to compete on.

The competition, to be held at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park, is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m.  It concludes with an awards ceremony at approximately 3 p.m.

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

 

The Resource Training Center is issuing a special challenge this week to the parents of all teen drivers with a special “5 to Drive” campaign encouraging parents to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45 percent) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

 

As a graduating senior at Tonawanda High School, John Gorman had an idea about what he wanted to pursue for his career, he just wasn’t entirely sure how to put his plan into action. He had just completed the auto tech program offered through Erie 1 BOCES, and he was quite good at it.

So good, in fact, that John and a classmate took part in the annual Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association/Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and finished in second place. That achievement led to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, where the duo would finish in a very respectable seventh place against the strongest teams from across the country. 

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tyler O’Callahan loved to get his hands dirty tinkering with four wheelers and dirt bikes. So when he went on to Niagara Falls High School, it’s no wonder he decided to check out the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association’s Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

The local competition is open to Western New York high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career & Technical school automotive program. Junior’s get their first taste of the program by participating in a Tire Rodeo, while seniors have a chance to put their overall automotive skills to the test and earn scholarships and other prizes. O’Callahan, now 22, participated in both competitions and in his senior year, went on to win the local competition and earn a spot at the national competition.

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

 

Football season is here, and Western New York’s rabid football fans couldn’t be happier.   And while game day is always highly anticipated, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in vehicular crashes.

“Western New Yorkers love football and love to cheer for Buffalo with their friends and family — oftentimes while drinking,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “The best way to celebrate a great game is to plan ahead and, if you plan to drink, plan on having a sober ride home.”

Sonwil Distribution Center Receives BRC Global Standard Certification

Sonwil Distribution Center Receives BRC Global Standard Certification

Sonwil Distribution Center——Western New York’s premier logistics solutions provider——has recently received the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard Certification for Storage and Distribution. This certification is the result of the company’s ongoing implementation of best practices and process improvements related to the storage and distribution of food, packaging, and consumer goods.

“Achieving BRC Global Standard Certification is further demonstration of our continued commitment to offering customers the very highest level of service possible,” said Peter Wilson, CEO & President of Sonwil Distribution Center. “From our headquarters and strategic distribution location in Buffalo, New York, we are able to provide quality logistics solutions across the Eastern Seaboard, into Canada, and beyond.” 

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

 

Is there anything that Americans take for granted more than their vehicles? They play a hugely significant role in our daily lives, transporting us to work, school, the grocery store, doctors’ appointments, entertainment venues and a wide variety of destinations both near and far. We hop in, turn the key and expect to be on our way within seconds — until that fateful day when a dead battery, flat tire or some unexpected mechanical problem stops us dead in our tracks.

Today’s vehicles, as we are well aware, are more like computers on wheels, filled with state-of-the-art technology from bumper to bumper. As a result, it requires superbly trained automotive technicians to ensure that our vehicles continue to run in a safe and efficient manner.