NCC Celebrates Top 4 Recognition in National Automotive Program Contest

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) proudly announces its position as one of the top 4 finalists in the prestigious Tomorrow’s Tech 2023 School of the Year Contest, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and WIX Filters. While NCC did not clinch the top honor, its Automotive & Light Duty Diesel Program stands out as one of the elite in the nation, securing a commendable place among the other three distinguished top schools in this highly competitive contest.

Despite not winning the top prize, NCC’s achievement in reaching the final four is a testament to the excellence and dedication of its automotive program. As a token of recognition for their outstanding performance, NCC will be awarded a $500 gift card from WIX Filters. Additionally, the program will be featured on Tomorrow’s Tech’s website and in their newsletter, highlighting the quality education and training NCC provides to its students.

Mike Harvey, Brand Manager for WIX Filters, praised the finalists, “Each of the top 4 schools, including Northwest Iowa Community College, has demonstrated exceptional commitment to automotive education. This recognition not only honors their achievements but also encourages the continuation of excellence in automotive training.”

Chuck Ball, an Automotive Instructor at NCC, expressed gratitude for the recognition. “Being among the top 4 is a significant achievement for us. It reflects our continuous effort to adapt and excel in automotive education. We are excited for the recognition and the opportunity to utilize the WIX gift card to further enhance our program,” Ball remarked.

For those interested in viewing the application video that highlights the strengths and capabilities of NCC’s Automotive Program, it can be found here: This video provides insight into the factors that contributed to NCC’s top 4 placement and showcases the program’s commitment to excellence.

This accolade serves as a motivation for NCC to continue its pursuit of excellence in automotive education, preparing students for successful careers in the evolving automotive industry.

The members of the NCC Automotive & Light Duty Diesel Team are as follows: Chuck Ball, Instructor, Sheldon, IA; Mark Steinle, Instructor, Spirit Lake, IA; James Gaard, Instructor, Ashton, IA; and Karri Spanjer, Parts/Service Store Associate, Sheldon, IA.

About Northwest Iowa Community College: Northwest Iowa Community College, located in Sheldon, Iowa, is committed to providing a broad range of educational opportunities, ensuring students are well-prepared for their future careers. NCC’s Automotive Program, recognized nationally for its excellence, exemplifies the college’s dedication to high-quality education and training.