Students from the Butte College Automotive Skills Club traveled to American River College for the regional competition in Automotive Service Technology (AST). Six students from Butte College participated in this event and placed all in the top six spots of this regional competition. The participants and standings for the regional competition included: Ryan Cherezian, 1st Place; Karina Hernandez, 2nd Place; Zach Alconero, 3rd Place; Erich Baumann, 4th Place; Erik Granico, 5th Place; Alexander Grimm, 6th Place. In April, those top four regional finalists competed in the California State SkillsUSA Competition. After two days and 17 separate areas of testing, four Butte College automotive students earned the top five spots-- missing only third place to another post-secondary institution in the state. The two students moving on to the national championship includes: Zach Alconero, 1st place; and Ryan Cherezian, 2nd place.
Students, Zach Alconero and Ryan Cherezian will move on to compete in the national competition June 23-28 2014 in Kansas City Missouri.
"What brought me to the Butte College Automotive Program was a great interest in cars, or at least their mechanical nature. I have always loved fiddling with mechanical things and playing with Legos and Erector sets. Pretty much most things that I could spot a mechanical or structural component interested me. From the time I took a class out at Butte when I was a freshman in high school and saw that there were auto classes I was interested in taking them," notes Zach Alconero.
Alconero is working towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering with the option of a dual major in Physics and hopes to use the degrees to obtain a job in automotive engineering.
Ryan Cherezian grew up in the Bay Area and has always been interested in cars.
"I've always been into muscle cars and hot rods and found a love for Chevrolet-made vehicles. I chose the Butte automotive program because it was just the right distance from home, and they have a terrific auto program. My hobbies are racing my racecar I built and managing my schools motorsports club. My future goals are to be a long time technician for Chevrolet and maybe someday open up my own performance based shop," said Cherezian.
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