2015 Minnesota Skills Competition

2015 Skills Competition
Hosted by: Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie Campus
Dinner compliments of SunSource, Continental Hydraulics, and Power Systems.

At the skills competition one student from each school receives the Student of the Year Award. The recipient is chosen by the Instructors. Each recipient received a check for $100.00 donated by Chapter 5 and a gift certificate donated by JEM Technical.

Recipients of the 2015 Student of the Year Award:
Stefan Thomes - Alexandria Technical College
Mike Nedza - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
Jeff Wagner - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie
Lance Wilson - Minnesota West, Granite Falls

Recipients of the 2015 skills competition: (pictured below)


From right to left
• 1st Place $600.00 – Mike Nendza -  HTC, Brooklyn Park
• 2nd Place $400.00 – Lance Wilson - Minnesota West, Granite Falls
• 3rd Place $200.00 – Troy Sarkinen  - HTC, Brooklyn Park
• 4th Place $100.00 – Brandon Benson - Minnesota West, Granite Falls
• 5th Place $50.00 – Tyler Hindricks - HTC, Eden Prairie
 
Past Presidents Scholarship
 
Every year a Past Presidents Scholarship is awarded to one student. This scholarship pays for one full year of tuition for the chosen student and amounts to over $6,000.00. It rotates yearly between the four colleges; Alexandria Technical College, Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie, and Minnesota West Granite Falls. Funding for this scholarship is generated from past presidents from Chapter 5. This year Chapter 5 donated $1,200.00; the past presidents donated the remaining funds.

Pictured left: George Beniek presents the 2015 Past Presents Scholarship to Ivan Kerpich - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Master of Ceremonies
Chris Mabin – Fleet Pride

Instructors:
Mark Sagedahl - Alexandria Technical College
Rob Auel - Alexandria Technical College
Bill Martin - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
Jeannine Uehling - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
Bob Yund - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie (Host)
Ernie Parker - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie (Host)
Tom Midthun - Minnesota West, Granite Falls

Judges: The judges have the task of constructing the various tests, providing testing supplies, administering and grading the tests. The judges are the backbone to the competition and their effort commitment keeps the competition on track.



(left to right) James Giroux – Innotek, Heidi Kloskin – JEM Technical, Bryan Anderson – Oildyne Parker Hydraulics,
Randy Meyer – John Henry Foster,  Scott Aldridge – Power Systems, Bill Hotchkiss – SunSource (Chicago), Jeff Arboquast – FleetPride, Chris Mabin – FleetPride


 
Every year the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) supports the skills competition. This year we were honored that Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director (pictured left) attended and presented a check to Chapter 5 for $1,250.00 for the 2015 skills competition. The continued support from IFPS is essential to Chapter 5 and is greatly appreciated by all members. Chapter 5 used the donation to distribute funds to contestants, awards, and other costs associated with the contest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hennepin Technical College extends a special thanks to the following companies that supplied additional support with donations and scholarships throughout the 2014/2015 school year.
 
American Medical Systems
Daman Products Company
Donaldson Company
Eaton
FPEF - Fluid Power Educational Foundation
Graco
Hartfiel Automation
Hypertherm
IFPS
JEM Technical
John Hennry Foster
Harley Bergren
HTC Foundation
Hydra Tech Inc.
HydraForce
Knotts Company
Kruge Air, Inc.
Lube-Tech
Loram
McGough Facility Management
MTS
NFPA
Parker
Recovery Systems Company
STAC
SunSource
Tech World, LLC
The Toro Company
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