United Technical Center hosts annual auto show

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — United Technical Center held its annual auto show in its parking lot on Sunday to raise money for its Skills USA competition.

Center instructors said funds raised will benefit the Skills USA program and travel expenses for eight students who have won state championships to compete in a national competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Skill’s USA is an organization of students, teachers and industry professionals working to build a skilled workforce across the country.

“It’s getting harder because the price of everything has gone up, food, trophies, everything we do. But we still stick to a $10 car registration fee, you know, if we have 110 cars here, it adds up. We do a 50/50, we sell food, we have a raffle on a sign out front,” said Steve Shaffer, Power Sports Program Instructor and Skills USA Program Advisor.

Center officials also said some groups make donations to help children, such as the North Central Corvette Club and Harry Green Chevrolet. They said all donations are greatly appreciated to support the children in the skills competition.

“A lot of these guys, since the start of the year, it’s kind of the first time a lot of them have come out and you can see your old buddies and bring all your old cars. Looks like we have cars here some distance away, some distance away. And you know, usually on a good day we’ll have over 100 cars here,” Shaffer said. “It’s starting off really good today. I think we’re going to have no so many cars here. But it’s just a bunch of guys and girls who come and enjoy old cars and music, and just have a good time.

Shaffer added that the center trains high school students and adults be able to enter the job market with practical skills.

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