Students from two community colleges in Iowa participated in the state Motorcycle Service Technology contest held Friday at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
Winners from Western Iowa Tech included Zach Jongma, first place; Robby VanderBush, second place; and, Danny Gotschall took the third spot.
Jongma will advance to the national competition in Kansas City June 24-28.
Contestants perform tasks representative of those encountered in a dealership’s service department. Technical skills covered in the competition include precision measurements, electrical diagnostics, chassis/suspension service, transmission and drive systems as well as power train systems, just to name a few. The hands-on performance-based contests are demonstrations of student knowledge and practice gained from their programs.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The nationwide organization serves more than 300,000 high school and college students and their instructors in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The association emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.
The statewide event was coordinated this year by Iowa Lakes instructors Dustin Ross and Matthew Bohl of the Motorcycle and Small Engine Technology program at Iowa Lakes. Others helping at the event included numerous instructors in the Career Technical Education (CTE) field as well as the Admissions office of the college.
Graduates in the Motorcycle and Small Engine Technology program at Iowa Lakes may choose to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree or a diploma.
Students participating in the state SkillsUSA Motorcycle Service Technology competition included, front row, Zach Jongma of Western Iowa Tech; Allen Atwood of Western Iowa Tech; Matt Sedivec of Iowa Lakes; Kraig Beltz of Western Iowa Tech; back row, Juan Arismendez of Iowa Lakes; Jeff Vandusen of Western Iowa Tech; Danny Gotschall of Western Iowa Tech; Robby VanderBush of Western Iowa Tech; and Tyler Phillips of Iowa Lakes.
Zach Jongma of Western Iowa Tech took first place in the statewide SkillsUSA Motorcycle Service Technology competition and will advance to the National Leaderships and Skills Conference June 24-28 in Kansas City. He is pictured with instructors Dirk Bak, left, and Shane Conley, right.