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Student's success at national competition leads to a free Harley-Davidson motorcycle for Iowa Lakes Community College

January 3, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Students in the Powersports and Power Equipment Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College will benefit from the success of one of their fellow students.

Ernie's Harley-Davidson officially presented students at Iowa Lakes with a Harley-Davidson 2016 FXSE CVO Pro Street which had been accepted by the Iowa Lakes Trustees earlier this year.

On hand for the formal presentation were Jim Wilcox, owner of Ernie's Harley-Davidson, along with Matt Bohl, Assistant Professor and alumnus Craig Sundblad, Albert City, the Iowa Lakes student who earned a gold medal at the National SkillsUSA competition held in Louisville, Ky.

"Ernie's Harley-Davidson is honored to be able to present this award to Iowa Lakes and its students," said Wilcox. "It's always amazing to see the talented young students honored for their hard work at these competitions. We have hired many Iowa Lakes students and the college's team effort to educate at the highest level is outstanding. Our belief is that our past and future success is bright based on the efforts these students have made."

Sundblad's success is also helping future students at Iowa Lakes.

"It's definitely worth the time and money," said Sundblad of the college's Powersports program. "It's a skill a lot of people don't have anymore and it's in high demand. you get to work on fun toys and very rarely do you do the same thing over and over again-it's different every day."

He praised his teachers for their teaching, as well as for preparing him for SkillsUSA's events.

In June, he faced off with competitors from across the nation where students perform tasks representative of those encountered in a dealership's service department. Technical skills include performing scheduled maintenance tasks; use of manuals; electrical diagnostics; precision measurement; brake service; chassis/suspension service; fuel delivery system inspection and repair; transmission and drive systems; and power train systems. Judges look for clean and organized work habits, correct use of reference materials, the ability to follow directions and good technical skills.

"Students in Motorcycle Technology participate in two days of competition," said Matt Bohl, Assistant Professor at Iowa Lakes. "We were extremely proud of Craig. Reaching the top level in the nation is a big accomplishment."

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations for Iowa Lakes is proud of the partnership of business with the college.

"The level of industry support for the SkillsUSA competitors is overwhelming. Students are able to apply the skills they've mastered in the classroom and future students benefit from their demonstrated accomplishments," Rogers said. "The addition of the bike will be appreciated for many years and the opportunity for them to participate in the donation experience is one they will remember for years to come."

Bohl also had a second student from his Powersports and Power Equipment Technology program who took fourth place in the nation in the Power Equipment Technology division.

Jacob (Jake) Cole, Ruthven, returned to classes this fall to earn his Associate in Applied Science degree.



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