March 22, 2019

Kish students qualify for SkillsUSA state competition

The Kishwaukee College SkillsUSA chapter is continuing their winning tradition. They will be sending 3 students to the state competition in Springfield on April 11 –13. Kish’s chapter holds more than 15 state champion titles over the last five years in several career areas. The Chapter hopes to bring back gold again this year. Fellow Kish student and Postsecondary President of SkillsUSA Illinois Tara Mathisen will join other State Officers at the competition to lead the opening and closing ceremonies.

SkillsUSA is a membership organization dedicated to empowering its members to become world-class workers and leaders by supporting applied technical learning and rigorous academics. Skilled workers can be found across industries, including STEM, healthcare, transportation, energy, and infrastructure. The organization emphasizes both technical skills and employability skills such as technological literacy, communication and teamwork.

The SkillsUSA competition begins in February each year with a written exam. Students who meet strict qualifying standards are eligible to compete at the state level. The first place finishers in each category at state move on to a one-week national competition held annually in Louisville, KY in June.

Kish students advancing to the SkillsUSA Illinois competition are:

Collision Repair/Automotive Refinishing

Amber Groebner, Kingston

Diesel Equipment Technology

Michael Remakel, Hampshire

Power Equipment Technology

Derek Cosman, Harvard

Students will compete at work stations, on a written test, and during a mock interview at the state competition. Competitions provide a way for students to showcase mastery and their college’s programs. For more information on SkillsUSA visit

For more information on the Kishwaukee College SkillsUSA chapter, contact Assistant Professor Greg Brink at or at 815-825-9416.

Photo: Three Kish students qualify for the SkillsUSA Illinois competition held April 11 – 13 in Springfield. Pictured: SkillsUSA state competition qualifier Amber Groebner sands a 1980 Chevrolet K5 in her Collision Repair class.