Winners of GPADA/CCAC automotive competition awarded scholarships to attend CCAC

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Automotive scholarship winners 2019PITTSBURGH-Two high school students from Lenape Technical School in Ford City have won the 2019 GPADA/CCAC Automotive Competition Part 2 held at the Community College of Allegheny County. First place team members Ryan Kuntz and Leroy Zacherly each received a $10,000 scholarship from the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association (GPADA) Foundation and a $1,000 scholarship from CCAC's Educational Foundation, as well as an expense paid trip to New York from April 22-25 to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition and a 204-piece tool kit donated by the Grainger Company. The students, who participated in a signing ceremony at Lenape Technical School last week, will be sponsored by #1 Cochran in Natrona Heights to participate in the Mopar Career Automotive program sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) at CCAC's West Hills Center.

Part 1 of the GPADA/CCAC Automotive Competition was held in December, with nine schools and a total of 17 teams competing. The participants completed a 100-question written exam and performed tasks at several hands-on stations to determine the top three teams to compete in the second part of the competition in March. The other top teams were from Eastern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center and A.W. Beattie Career & Technology Center.

CCAC's Manufacturer Automotive Technology Program prepares students to service and repair today's high-tech automobiles. While completing this two-year program, students attend classes for 10 weeks and then work in a co-op environment for 10 to 12 weeks for five consecutive semesters. Students become trained in the latest automotive service technologies and methods, including emerging green technologies, as they learn on dealer exclusive equipment supplied by the manufacturers.

For more information about CCAC's Automotive Technology programs, contact 412.788.7500 or

Photo: Lenape Technical School students Ryan Kuntz (left) and Leroy Zacherly pose for a photo with Andrew Johnson, executive director, Community Partnerships & External Affairs, CCAC, following a ceremony in which the students signed on to attend to CCAC's Automotive Technology program.


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