Collision Repair

March 22, 2019

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. 

November 17, 2015

Kishwaukee College students in the Welding Technology program under instructor Zach Caccia and Collision Repair Technology program under instructor Greg Brink collaborated to build bike racks for campus. During warmer weather, several students, faculty and staff ride their bicycles to campus. The new bike racks will be placed on campus next year to give the health and environmentally conscious a place to park and lock their bikes. Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of INAM Manufacturing Programs, spearheaded the effort. “This is a great exercise in fabricating to meet a need, just like you would do on the job in the workforce,” he said.  “Students got the experience and the College gets equipment it needs.” The Welding students fabricated the racks and the Collision Repair students painted the racks.  Pictured with one of the bike racks on campus are Mickey Engelhart, Welding student, Sycamore; Zach Caccia, Welding Instructor; Bernie Pupino; and Zach Miller, Welding student, Kirkland. Not pictured are CRT students Dominque Betts, DeKalb, and Eliseo Leon, DeKalb. For more information on the Welding Tech or Collision Repair Tech programs at Kishwaukee College, contact the Career Technologies division at 815-825-2086, ext. 2030. Registration for Spring 2016 at Kishwaukee College is currently in progress. For information on enrollment and registration, contact Admissions, Registration and Records at ext. 2740 or email