Above, from left, top-winning students Ivan Reyes, Jaspal Dhillon, Andrea Vasquez and teacher Joseph Agruso at Saturday’s UTI Top Tech Challenge.

By Joseph Agruso
Van Nuys High School Automotive Teacher

Three automotive students from Van Nuys High School won $30,000 in scholarships and prizes after capturing first prize in the UTI Top Tech Challenge, which tests the knowledge and skills needed by today’s automotive technicians.

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Aspiring automotive technicians from Van Nuys High School show off their scholarship certificates at the UTA Top Tech Challenge.

Jaspal Dhillon and Andrea Vasquez edged out their classmate, Ivan Reyes to take home the top prize. These students showed immense knowledge in hands on applications and critical thinking skills.

Van Nuys High school was one of the top 10 schools to compete in the UTI Top Tech Challenge, which was held Saturday in Long Beach. Two-member teams compete in a series of hands-on events that test their knowledge of automotive tools, parts and operating systems.

Dhillon and Reyes will represent Van Nuys High, L.A. Unified and the state of California when they compete in April in the National Automotive Technology Competition

Van Nuys High School’s automotive program is part of the California Partnership Academy, which provides pathways between industry, academics and career opportunities. This Career Technical Education program is one of the best examples of all the great programs that L.A. Unified has to offer.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.