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CEC Automotive Teacher Helps Students Win State, National Competitions

In the past two years, Mark Mulroy has had a team place seventh and a student place second nationally in automotive skills competitions.

CEC automative instructor Mark Mulroy and national runner-up Konnor Davis

Mark Mulroy is beaming these days. And he has every right to.

The automotive instructor at the Career Enrichment Center has helped his students win seven state titles in two different automotive competitions. Last summer, he had a team place seventh nationally in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition. And this past summer, one of his students, Konnor Davis, a recent graduate of Cibola and CEC, placed second nationally in the SkillsUSA Automotive Technical high school competition.

These students went home with tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

Davis is now attending the Ford Factory Automotive Training Program at New Mexico Junior College (The ASSET Program) on a full-ride scholarship. He is guaranteed a job in a Ford dealership.

Mulroy has been the automotive instructor at CEC for more than 15 years. He was hired with the intent of building a nationally certified automotive program that would be a model for all of APS.

His industry master ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification enabled CEC to get nationally accredited by NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation), a subsidiary of ASE. The school has been accredited for three-five year cycles for a total of fifteen years. CEC is one of two NATEF certified high school automotive programs in the state.

In addition to the NATEF accreditation, the CEC program is AYES nationally certified. It is the only automotive high school in New Mexico that holds both certifications.

"At the beginning of my teaching career I taught a variety of high school math courses for Cibola High School. This allows me to understand what my students are going through in their traditional courses. I always offer to help them with their math skills. It also allows me to focus on the mathematics in my automotive curriculum," Mulroy said.

Because the automotive program is standards based, Mulroy said he covers a set curriculum that gives all of his students an equal chance to one day  be an industry- certified technician.

"I talk about my ASE certifications, how to take the nationals, and I have six to seven recruits a year speak with all my kids about post-secondary education," Mulroy said.

For the past six years, Mulroy has taken his students on a field trip to San Juan College in Farmington, where they are exposed to the “mecca” of automotive post-secondary education.

"All this is done in hope that my students buy-in to the fact that one day they will graduate with preparation for a prosperous future," Mulroy said.

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