Nebraska diesel tech students place at national competition

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High school and college students who finished first at the Nebraska SkillsUSA competition in March advanced to the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., on June 26-27. More than 4,800 students competed in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas during the national competition. Nebraska had two students interested in careers in diesel technology finish in the top four.

David Miller of Plattsmouth, a high school student at Metropolitan Community College, took home third place in the national competition in the secondary diesel equipment technology. “David is truly a champion,” says Luke Klingbeil, diesel instructor at Metro Community College. “He is a 4.75 GPA honors student from Bellevue West that is going to go to very high places in the diesel industry.”

Scott Bohn of Gibbon, a college student at Central Community College-Hastings, placed fourth in the postsecondary diesel equipment technology. “Scott is a hard worker and task-oriented,” says Randy Manning, diesel instructor at Central Community College-Hastings. “The other students feel comfortable going to him with questions. He became the student assistant.”