Nine JJC Automotive Students Place in SkillsUSA Illinois Competition

Hard work paid off for nine Joliet Junior College automotive students this April after they competed and placed in the annual SkillsUSA State Competition in Springfield, Illinois.

Students included Jake Deckinga of Homer Glen, second place; Alex Marneris of Orland Park, third place; Vince Damico of Frankfort fourth place; Zack Hall of Diamond and Kyle Drwal of Lockport, tied for fifth place; Alvin Sayasavanh of Joliet, sixth place; Steve Kennerk of Lynwood, ninth place; Julian Rojas of Crest Hill, tenth place; and Michal Lenart of Homer Glen, twelfth place.

The SkillsUSA State Competition requires students to complete automotive tasks in a series of timed modules. This is not the only time JJC has had success at the competition – just last year, former JJC student Tom Hahn won first place in the competition, and then went on to win first place in the nation.

Before the competition, students practiced in a real-world setting thanks to JJC’s labs and its commercial shop on campus. JJC’s automotive wing includes 16 service bays, four classrooms, a dedicated customer service area, equipment storage rooms, and more.

For more information about the automotive service technology program at JJC, visit or call 815-280-2576.

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