25th Annual Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. ArmyNovember 6, 2013
24th Annual Career Opportunities Fair
presented by the U.S. Army
Pomona, CA // November 7, 2012
More than 2,000 Southern California high school students recently gathered at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to jump-start their careers and higher education at the 24th annual NHRA Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. Army.
The Career Opportunities Fair, which has become a Southern California high school tradition for 24 years and is always held in conjunction with the season finale of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, provides students with a free, fun-filled day of career exploration and advanced education programs in the automotive industry.
"The key in education is opportunity," said Don Runyan, retired architectural drafting teacher and longtime NHRA Youth & Education Services advocate. "NHRA's Career Opportunities Fair opens the students' eyes to the possibilities of what is available to them. They cannot get this kind of experience in the classroom behind textbooks or a lecture. Here they see and feel the excitement in motorsports and determine if they'd like a motorsports career. It is a life- changing circumstance for many of these students."
As a kickoff to the Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. Army, thousands of students cheered for their favorite high school team competing in the annual U.S. Army High School Automotive Challenge presented by Universal Technical Institute on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the UTI campus in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The competition is designed to test automotive students' knowledge and skills with various written exams and hands-on projects in a fun two-day event.
Ramona Regional Occupational Program students Ryan Hall, Mike Jones, David Taft, and Brandon Arthur, of San Diego County, beat 17 other teams to win the school's fifth consecutive challenge. The winning Ramona ROP High School instructors were Mike Saavedra and Robert Grace. In the final hot rod showdown in Pomona, Ramona ROP defeated Rim of the World High School, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., by finding and repairing problems with a T- bucket roadster. The team won a $3,000 savings bond and a trophy. Ramona High School earned third place in the competition, followed by San Luis Obispo ROP.
"It was definitely a tough competition," said Ramona team member Mike Jones. "Just to hear that engine fire up was the sweetest sound ever and made all the hard work and stressful months before all worth it. Now, I plan to use that cash and the skills I learned to get into a career in motorsports."
"Watching them work under pressure and complete the project is the highlight of this challenge," said Ramona High School/ROP instructor Grace. "And as long as they feel they did a great job, then I've done my job, and that's all that matters. Every year, our students look forward to this event. It gets them thinking of the many career possibilities in motorsports."
Following the challenge, business leaders and NHRA Professional drivers, including veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Steve Johnson, fired up the crowd with encouraging testimonials about goal setting and continued education. In the grand finale, students enjoyed thrilling exhibition drag races at the track.
During the second day of qualifying for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, the Youth & Education Services program presented by the U.S. Army hosted more than 3,000 students at the racetrack, where they interacted with program sponsors, listened to motivational speakers, and were granted a free ticket to explore and experience the season-ending race in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
"This program is all about the students," said Brett Lyons, NHRA marketing and education manager. "It is our goal to motivate these participants and get them on the fast track to their future. The program is free and focuses on the importance of goals and continued education, which allows students to learn about and explore various career opportunities."
2012 T-Shirt Design; Photo (Winner) Morgan Freitag
Rim of the World H.S.
23rd Annual Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. Army
Highlights from November 9, 2011 below
The WINNER of the NHRA Multi Media Photo Competition has been selected! The 1st Place recipient was invited and recognized at the season opening O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals on Sunday, February 12th during pre-race ceremonies.
Photo will be used as the focal point of the 2012 COF T Shirt
Winner: Morgan Freitag of Rim of the World High School
2011 T-Shirt Design; Photo (Winner) from Sydney Rhode
Lots of students and lots of opportunities
Students received priceless information from business professionals
U.S. Army High School Automotive Challenge presented by UTI
It pays to be smart! Congrats Ramona High School!!!
Exhibition drag races to end the exciting day
Below are the highlights from the
2010 Career Opportunites Fair!
The WINNERS of the NHRA Multi Media Competition have been selected! 1st Place recipients were invited and recognized at the season opening Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals on Sunday, February 27th during pre-race ceremonies.
Photo will be used as the focal point of the 2011 COF T Shirt
Winner: Sydney Rohde of Rim of the World High School
Runner Up: Dominique Nagel of Rim of the World High School
Will be used to promote upcoming NHRA YES / COF Events
Winner: Cleveland High School (Teacher: James Gleason)
Runner Up: Duarte High School Team #1 (Teacher: Mr. Y)
NHRA Youth & Education presents
Career Opportunities Fair
Presented by U.S. Army
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
|Thousands of students visited the vast amount of vendor booths promoting jobs and career opportunities|
|Aerial view of the High School Automotive Challenge presented by UTI|
|Annnd the winner is: Ramona High School!|
|Don't be left out in 2011|
|U.S. Army's High School Challenge |
|Mike Edwards Pro Stock Car on display in the K&N booth|
|Climb to success at the NHRA Career Opportunities Fair|
|Every participant gets a free t-shirt...|
|...and a Subway lunch!|
|World Record Holder Clint Ewing|
|Great National Anthem performance|
|Exhibition drag races to cap off the day|
Sign-up to attend today, just click on participate!
Below are the highlights from the
2009 Career Opportunites Fair!
Congratulations to the following 2008 Winners:
1st Place - U.S. Army H.S. Automotive Challenge presented by Universal Technical Institute
Ramona High School ROP
2nd Place - U.S. Army H.S. Automotive Challenge presented by Universal Technical Institute
Ramona High School
1st Place - UTI High School Multi-Media Challenge Winners:
1st Place - Joshua Mayfield
2nd Place - Jessi Hodges - Barstow High School
3rd Place - Rebecca Hild - Rim of the World High School
Black & White Photography
1st Place - Jasmine Rodriquez - Cleveland High School
2nd Place - Kiana Glen - Rim of the World High School
3rd Place - Sergio Zaragoza - Cleveland High School
**Photos can be viewed at the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum
1st Place - Cleveland High School
2nd Place - A.B. Miller High School
3rd Place - Garden Grove High School
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Located at the Pomona Fairgrounds
The 2009 Career Opportunities Fair Presented by U.S. Army
will take place on Tuesday., November 10th, 2009
To Sign-up Click on Participate
Each year, in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, the NHRA hosts the Career Opportunities Fair (COF) presented by the U.S. Army. High School students, instructors and school administrators from all over Southern California are invited to attend. This year over 3,000 students attended from San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
This event is an excellent time for students to learn more about careers and educational opportunities in the motorsports industry, the automotive industry and with the U.S. Army. This year over 40 different colleges, automotive manufacturers, and local county offices set up interactive booths for the students to take advantage of.
Upon arrival of the COF, all students received a free t-shirt and for the first 2 hours visited the career and educational booths, listened to guest speakers, and watched the U.S. Army High School Automotive Challenge Finals presented by Universal Technical Institute. Students were served a free lunch from Subway and sat in the grandstands for the main presentation. Students got to hear presentations from some of the top drivers of the NHRA that included the 2008 Top Fuel World Champion, Tony Schumacher. Other speakers included NHRA Vice President Glen Cromwell, Senior Vice President of Don Schumacher Racing Mike Lewis, Snap-on tools/Wyotech Pro Stock Motorcycle Driver Steve Johnson and Nitro Fish Top Fuel Driver Clay Millican. At the conclusion of the program, students were treated to an exhibition drag racing show that included 300 MPH Pro Modified Cars courtesy of Danny Rowe Racing and 200+ MPH Nitro Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Design the COF EVENT T-Shirt Contest
Presented by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
Attention Artists and Graphic Design students!!
We are currently still looking for designs for the t-shirt design contest. The deadline for all entries has been extended to May 15, 2009. The design should be based on ideas and thoughts gathered from the 2008 COF.
We are looking for hand drawn or computer generated drawings. Please incorporate some type of hot rod or race car into the drawing. The event logo and sponsor logos will be added to the drawing. The winner will receive a $150.00 cash prize on behalf of the Wally Parks Motorsports Musem and the design will be printed on the 2008 event t-shirt. Please contact Dana Mariotti at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
The U.S. Army High School Automotive Challenge presented by Universal Technical Institute
This event is an automotive skills competition including written and hands-on tests. Teams of four students from high schools throughout Southern California will compete in a preliminary competition on Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at Universal Technical Institute. The Semi-finals and finals will be held at the 21st Annual NHRA Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. Army at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on November 10th, 2009. Winning and runner-up team members will be awarded savings bonds and trophies.
If you are interested in competing in this competition and would like to sign-up and would like further details about the rules please contact Dana Mariotti at email@example.com.
Universal Technical Institute High School Multi-Media Challenge
Video Production Competition
This event involves teams consisting of four students who sign up for the event prior to or on the day of the fair. Participants are asked to document the day's activities with video. They then go back to their respective schools, where they edit the footage and add graphics, special effects, and background music to create a maximum five-minute video documentary of the COF. Teams have the ability to win cash prizes for their school video production programs.
If you are interested in competing in this competition or would like further details about the rules please contact Dana Mariotti at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an opportunity for individual students to test their artistic abilities. Students may sign up for the competition prior to or on the day of the fair. Participants must supply their own cameras and film. During the course of the event students and are asked to photograph the day's activities and then submit their best shot(s) in either color or black and white. All submitted pictures must be matted and at least 120 square inches and less than 320 square inches. If you are interested in competing in this competition or would like further details about the rules please contact Dana Mariotti at email@example.com
2007 UTI Multi Media Video Award Winners.............
Watch the Top 3 Videos below!
1st Place - Cleveland High School
2nd Place - Garden Grove High School
3rd Place - Victor Valley High School