Ferris Student Wins Medallion at WorldSkills Competition

Ferris State UniversityFerris State University student Kieron Kohlmann earned a Medallion of Excellence in Automobile Service Technology at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition this month in Leipzig, Germany.

Kohlmann is one of three Ferris students on the 20-member SkillsUSA WorldTeam of career and technical education students who participated in the July 2-7 biennial competition. The team competed against more than 1,000 other young professionals from 52 member regions and countries for gold medals and other awards.

Also competing for the U.S. was Ferris junior Brooke Robison, a Business major from Big Rapids, in Hairdressing, and senior Ronald Olkowski, a Manufacturing major from Washington, Mich., in CNC Turning.

Kohlmann, an Automotive Engineering major from Racine, Wisc., won one of 52 Best of Nation medallions awarded to the top competitor in each country or region.

USA teammate Alex Pazkowski, who attends Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, won a silver medal in Welding. He was the top finishing member of the USA team.

Korea led the medal count at WorldSkills Leipzig, winning 23 medals. For more information, go to http://www.worldskills.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1493&Itemid=657.

CAPTION: Representing Michigan higher education institutions on the SkillsUSA WorldTeam are, from left, Brooke Robison, Kieron Kohlmann, Alex Pazkowski and Ronald Olkowski.

Last updated: 08-15-2013