2016 SkillsUSA HVACR Winners Announced - More than 1100 career and technical students from nearly 78 trade, technical, and leadership fields participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Competition April 09-10 in Grand Rapids, MI.
For the third consecutive year, Ferris State University Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program hosted the competition at the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR Big Rapids, Mi.
SkillsUSA announced the following winners representing Ferris State University HVACR as follows:
- First- Gold; post-secondary Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration contest, Ryan Gallagher (New Kensington, Pa.), Ferris State University
- High school students from Career Technical Center's across the state placed as follows in the HVACR category:
- First- Gold; secondary Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration contest, Ahron Keizer (Allendale, Mi.), Kent Career Technical Center
- Second- Silver; secondary Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration contest, Evan Herschleb (Grand Rapids, Mi.), Kent Career Technical Center
- Third- Bronze; secondary Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration contest, McCoy Des Jardins (Lapeer, Mi.), Lapeer Career technical Center
The SkillsUSA Competition is the showcase event for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the regional, state and national level. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence; to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.
- The HVACR program at Ferris is committed to recruiting the best students in the country. The industry partners, faculty and students congratulate the winners and believe the scholarship will help to defray the costs of tuition, books, and fees.
- The Surveying Engineering program has been designated as a Link (local section) of
the Order of the Engineer. The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States
to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge
the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol
identifying the engineer.
- Approximately 40 upper elementary and middle school students from MOISD schools gathered
on campus for a Robotics and Coding Competition. Thanks to a Michigan STEM Partnership
grant written by the MOISD Math/Science Center in collaboration with the College of
Engineering Technology, coaches were provided with iPad-controlled robots prior to
the competition. Their teams then navigated through three challenges which were revealed
that day. Student volunteers from the College of Engineering Technology served as
judges and awarded first place to the team from the Chippewa Hills School District.
- Over the past few weeks, Leigha Compson, Debbie Dawson, and Angie Mishler have hosted
several TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) events to encourage young women to consider
career opportunities in engineering and other STEM-related fields.
- Faculty and staff from the welding and manufacturing programs along with CET administrators
attended the FSU Lansing Legislative Luncheon and showcased plans for the pending
Swan Annex building project.
- One hundred seventeen middle schoolers from nine local schools enjoyed a fun day with
math as well as a campus visit at the annual W.N. Ferris MATHCOUNTS event. Over 30
volunteers, including FSU staff, faculty, and College of Engineering Technology students,
participated in the event sponsored by the College of Engineering Technology, Admissions
Office, and Cargill Salt. Ten "mathletes" will advance to the state competition next
month in Grand Rapids.
- The Ferris SAE Baja team entered two vehicles in the Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja and
took 2nd and 17th place out of a 41-car field.