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Western’s Automotive Students Attend SEMA in Las Vegas

December 06, 2018

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Western is one of the few schools in Wyoming that offers students the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show.

Western is one of the few schools in Wyoming that offers students the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show.

Western Wyoming Community College’s Automotive Program students attended the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 27th-31st this year.

Western is one of the few colleges in Wyoming which offers students the chance to participate in the SEMA Show Student Program. The Program is designed to provide students with a unique learning experience which highlight careers for students in the automotive industry. The event boasts of informative sessions like SEMA Launch Pad; Young Entrepreneur Business Competition; a career day; education seminars; keynote speakers, evening networking receptions; and access to the SEMA Show Floor/Exhibit Halls.

According to the SEMA Show website, “The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2017 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components.”

“Western’s automotive program prides ourselves on exposing our students to every aspect of the automotive field.  SEMA’s student program offers our students several opportunities that can only be met by attending in person, including networking with the industry’s finest, keeping up with the newest innovations, attending SEMA’s job fair, and various educational seminars.  We also feel that it’s not only good for our students to participate in SEMA’s student program, but it’s also good for them to mingle and meet people that are passionate about the field. Our students put in the hard work, so we are very thankful we can offer these types of opportunities for them,” said Casey Hardin, Instructor of Automotive Technology at Western.

“I feel the reason that we must make the journey to SEMA is simply that our students need to have the exposure to the numerous facets of the Automotive Field which only have a face at SEMA. This is possibly the only time that our students can experience and often question the face of that skilled labor and get the insight to possibly develop the drive to commit to that aspect of the Automotive Field.  Without SEMA, the connections may not be made at the human level and our students might not otherwise realize their true calling or skill,” said Thomas Clark, Instructor of Automotive Technology at Western.

To learn more about Western’s Automotive Program, contact Casey Hardin at or 307-382-1881, or Thomas Clark at or 307-382-1869. For more information on the SEMA Show, visit

Persons seeking admission, employment or access to programs of Western Wyoming Community College shall be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political belief, handicap, or veteran status.

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181