Students in the Tri-County Auto Service Technology course at Covington High School recently competed in an automotive contest at Ivy Tech Terre Haute. 

Caston Snyder of Fountain Central won the Junior Class competition and received a toolbox complete with tools and accessories. Dalton Story of Covington competed in the Senior Class competition. 

For this contest, students took a written test and a hands-on test. During the hands-on test, students identified various tools and solved work situations they could encounter in the future. 

More than 200 students from schools around the Terre Haute area watched the students compete and learned about careers in automotive service. 

The Tri-County Auto Service Technology course is based at Covington High School and has been in existence for 40 years. Instructor Dallas Peffley guides juniors and seniors from Covington, Fountain Central and Seeger High Schools in a beginning course and an advanced course.  

Students receive hands-on learning and insight on the basics of auto mechanics. If they choose, they can further their education at Ivy Tech Community College or other technical schools. Areas the program covers include brakes and suspension, tire balancing, car alignment, and basic engine care. 

At the end of the year, students receive a certificate outining the skills they learned during the course and in which they gained proficiency. Many of the graduates of the auto technology program have secured several different technical jobs. 

The Auto Tech program is only one of the 22 career and technical training programs available through the WRCTE. These programs are hosted at Seeger, Attica, Covington, Fountain Central, North Vermillion, Parke Heritage, South Vermillion, and Riverton Parke High Schools. For more information about the programs available, contact Craig Newby, director of career and technical education, at 765-245-2870 or visit

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