October 8, 2019

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-- Finalists announced for SEMA-NACAT Education Award --

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2019) -- The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) have selected three finalists for the SEMA-NACAT Education Award, a recognition given to automotive educators who emphasize and instruct aftermarket technology in their classrooms.  

The three finalists, Paul Katson from MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA; Roxanne Amiot from Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport, CT; and Russ Bacarella from Cypress College in Cypress, CA, will participate in the SEMA Education Partners Breakfast at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced.

“SEMA-NACAT is happy to recognize these educators for going above and beyond to inspire students in the automotive industry,” said Zane Clark, SEMA Senior Director of Education. “All three finalists represent a positive example by fostering professional development to promising students.”

SEMA has several student programs to introduce and encourage kids to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket, including school outreach programs and scholarships. While the NACAT Award focuses on high school or post-secondary automotive, diesel, or collision programs in the United States and Canada, there are also programs focused on grade school students and middle schools.

To learn more about the SEMA-NACAT Award or SEMA’s Educational Programs, visit

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $44.6 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit,, or  


The North American Council of Automotive Teachers was founded in 1975 as an informal gathering of automotive instructors. Today, with member instructors spanning multiple countries, the council’s conference and expo is the premiere update training experience in North America. Visit for more information.