From Amy Zahn’s article on The Press Enterprise website:
Martin Alvarez has been fascinated by cars since he was a child.
So it’s no surprise that his performance at a recent competition not only earned him a $30,000, full-ride scholarship to a BMW service technician training program but also promised him a job.
Born and raised in San Bernardino, the Riverside City College student competed in the Automotive Service Technology category at a recent national SkillsUSA competition.
Alvarez’s love of cars began in his youth, when his cousin would take him cruising in his Honda. Interested in modifications, Alvarez bought his first car, a Honda CR-X, in 2007 and learned how to install a lowering spring from a friend’s dad. He has been working on cars ever since.
Alvarez entered the SkillsUSA competition last year but didn’t make it past regionals. This year, he took first place at regional and state levels, qualifying him to compete at nationals and making him RCC’s first automotive student to do so.