Joe Braun, far right, with his most recent class of adult students

(5-3-21) Three former Tri Star’s student are now teaching their skills to adults at the new Tri Star Building on S.R. 703 in Celina.   Tri Star welcomed three of their former students back into the classroom.

Joe Braun, completed the two-year welding program at Tri Star during his high school career.  After graduating he went on to establish his own welding business, Braun Welding and Fabricating.   Braun was hired to weld work on the new Tri Star building during its construction and then again as Tri Star’s adult welding instructor.  He recently completed teaching his second session of adult welding.

Mitch Knous took precision machining as a high school student.  He was hired by Tri Star to teach an adult CNC class, but when his high school machining instructor, Rob Menker, decided to retire, Knous applied for and has been hired to teach the high school precision machining program taking his former instructor’s place.  

Ken Platfoot, who completed the two-year agriculture mechanics program during high school has a similar story.  He was hired as Tri Star’s agriculture mechanics (now Ag. Industrial Technology) instructor after his former instructor retired and now also teaches adult forklift training.

Tri Star is very proud to have produced career technical students who have been willing to return to the classroom as instructors. All these former students have a unique perspective sharing their expertise along with their knowledge of Tri Star’s daily operations.