2017 Minnesota Skills Competition

2017 Minnesota Skills Competition
Hosted by: Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls

2017 Student of the Year Awards
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 $150.00 donated by Chapter 5.
  • Michael Burg - Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Tony Meyerink, CFPHS - Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls
  • Brian Gilbertson, CFPS - Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park
  • Matt Klehr– Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie

2017 Skills Competition Awards:
  • 1st Place $650.00 – Sven Hovland, CFPS - Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
  • 2nd Place Tie $450.00 – Brian Gilbertson, CFPS - Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
                                            Michael Burg - Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • 3rd Place $200.00 – Matt Klehr, Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
  • 4th Place $150.00 – Dustin Johnson - Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • 5th Place $100.00 – Dillon Lee - Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • 6th Place $50.00 – David Black - Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls
  • 7th Place $50.00 – Brett Johnson, CFPS - Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
 From left – Chris Mabin, CFPS, Master of Ceremonies; Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director
Back row - Bret Johnson, David Black, Dillon Lee, Dustin Johnson, Matt Klehr
Kneeling - Michael Burg, Sven Hovland, Brian Gilbertson
 
Past Presidents Scholarship
 
2017 Past Presidents' ScholarshipEvery year a Past Presidents Scholarship is awarded to one student. This scholarship pays for one full year of tuition for the selected student. This year's check was $6,113.88. The Scholarship rotates yearly between the four colleges, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie, and Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Funding for this scholarship is generated from IFPS Chapter 5 past presidents.
 
From left: Michael Van Keulen, Foundation Director, Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls, George Beniek (middle) presents the 2017 Past Presidents Scholarship to Tony Meyerink, CFPHS, Minnesota West – Granite Falls
 
 
 
 
 

Judges:
(pictured below) 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.

 
 
From left: Chris Mabin, CFPS, Skills Competition Coordinator, Fleet Pride; Randy Meyer, CFPS, John Henry Foster Co.; Scott Aldridge, Power Systems Inc.; Bryan Anderson, CFPS, Parker Hannifin Corporation; Heidi Kloskin, CFPS, JEM Technical Marketing Co., Inc.; James Giroux, CFPS, Certified Power, Inc.;  Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, SunSource; Jeff Arbogast, CFPS, Fleet Pride Truck & Trailer Parts

Instructors:

 Alexandria Technical and Community CollegeTodd Zarbok, CFPAI
Daniel Larson 
 Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park Bill Martin, CFPAI
Jeannine Uehling, CFPAI
 Hennepin Technical College, Eden PrairieMichael Cirillo, CFPAI
Chad, Grimmer, CFPS
 Host - Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite FallsTom Midthun, CFPS
Ty Bowen, CFPS
Joel Timm, CFPS


The IFPS supports the Skills Competition each year. Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director attended this year's competition and presented a check to Chapter 5 for $2,500.00 supporting the 2017 Skills Competition. In  addition, all winners and the Students of the Year will all receive a one-year paid membership to the IFPS. The continued support from IFPS is essential to Chapter 5 and is greatly appreciated by all members. Chapter 5 used the donation distributing the funds to the contestants, awards, dinner, and other costs associated with the Competition.

 

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