Central Lakes College student Tommy Hoheisel, of Pierz, earned a bronze medal in the SkillsUSA Championships held in Kentucky June 22-26.
The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.
More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competed in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields during the championships.
Hoheisel, who is attending CLC in the PSEO program, competed in the high school division.
In the Diesel Equipment Technology category, Hoheisel cycled through 14 stations, testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, power train systems including chassis, transmissions and carriers. He also had to demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems, air-conditioning systems and general shop skills. Finally, he performed job interview skills and completed a written test.
“This was a good experience for Tommy. Tommy competed against many other contestants in the high school division and did very well by bringing home a bronze medal,” said CLC Diesel Technician Program instructor Jeff Klehr. “This competition was against the best of the best in the country and Tommy did very well. All the hard work Tommy did payed off. I am very proud of him and his determination to be the best.”