Automotive Tech Grad Donates Equipment to DCTC

Rick Frascone at SkillsUSA Minnesota 2014 State Leadership and Skills Conference

Rick Frascone places third at SkillsUSA Nationals; rewarded by Toyota Motor Company

Richard Frascone, a graduate of the Automotive Technician program at Dakota County Technical College, performed exceptionally well at the SkillsUSA Championships during the 50th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in June 2014. Rick took home a bronze medal in Automotive Service Technology, one of the most competitive events at the SkillsUSA Championships. The nearly 100 competitions spotlight the determination and know-how of career and technical education students from across the nation. More than 15,000 students, instructors and business leaders took part in the annual event.

Frascone earned the right to attend the SkillsUSA Championships after taking first place and a gold medal at the SkillsUSA Minnesota 2014 State Leadership and Skills Conference earlier in the year. His success at the national level prompted the Toyota Motor Company to present him with a factory scan tool and user license.

Chad Sheets, DCTC interim dean of transportation and industry, reported that Rick opted to turn his reward into a gift to the college. “Rick decided to donate the scan tool and license to the Automotive Technician program,” Chad said. “He asked for nothing in return and even took the initiative to contact Toyota to make sure the user license could be transferred to DCTC. Rick is a great example of an alum giving back to the school.”

Top image: Rick Frascone with gold medal at SkillsUSA Minnesota 2014 State Leadership and Skills Conference

To learn more about the Automotive Technician program at DCTC, contact:
  • Jeff Copeland
    Automotive Technician Instructor
  • Mark Brantner
    Automotive Technician Instructor