Morrisville State College automotive students recently got a first-hand look at industry trends while networking with automotive professionals and potential future employers during the annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show held in Las Vegas Oct. 28 to Nov. 3.

SEMA, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, new product launchings, educational events, and technical and business training.

Free business and professional-development seminars covered a range of topics that included social media, marketing, customer service, and vehicle technology and industry trends.

Displays included a new products showcase with newly introduced parts, tools and components.

New this year, SEMA instituted a Show Student Program, which provides students with unique learning experiences that integrate their fields of study with actual business and tradeshow opportunities in the automotive specialty-equipment market.

The annual show draws more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers.

Participating in this year’s show were the following students - Billy Terrell, from Sherrill; Daniel Stanton, Port Crane; Christopher Bush, Silver Springs; Garrett Grinnell, Canastota; Ian Ball, East Syracuse; Sean Harrington, Glens Falls; Matthew Hartunian, Clifton Park; Stefan Komrowski, Liverpool; and Timothy O’Connor, Carmel.

Also participating were Ron Alexander and Ray Grabowski, associate professors in the Automotive Department.

Morrisville’s automotive programs prepare students for automotive careers, aligning them with the current industry.