M State students win top honors in national SkillsUSA competition

PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and 2nd place winner Zach Ehresman

PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and 2nd place winner Zach Ehresman

Three Minnesota State Community and Technical College students won top 10 honors during the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky.

Zach Ehresman of Staples, a student in the PowerSports Technology program on M State’s Detroit Lakes campus, won second place in the Power Equipment Technology competition.

Shawn Teal of Dilworth won 6th place in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition. He is enrolled in the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State’s Moorhead campus.

Ken Bye of Moorhead, a student in the Automotive Service Technology program on the Moorhead campus, took 10th place in the Automotive Service Technology competition.

Ehresman, Teal and Bye advanced to the national Skills USA competition after winning first place in their categories during the organization’s state contest in April.

Skills USA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

More than 6,000 career and technical program students competed in 100 different fields during the 2015 national competition.

Posted in News on July 9, 2015 at 8:15 am