Meet Our Staff

Brian Jefts, Instructor

Automotive Instructor Brian JeftsBackground prior to Teaching

  • Technician at Toyota and Scion of Grand Rapids MI

Industry Credentials

  • ASE Certified

Education

  • Ferris State University - Associates in Automotive Service
  • Ferris State University - Bachelors in Career Tech Education

Mike Pekrul, Instructor

Background prior to Teaching Automotive Instructor Mike Pekrul

  • Master Lexus Technician Harvey Lexus Grand Rapids MI
  • Automotive Technician Sharpe Buick Grand Rapids MI 

Industry Credentials

ASE Certification in the following areas:

  • C1       Automobile Service Consultant
  • G1      Auto Maintenance and Light Repair
  • P2       Automobile Parts
  • X1       Exhaust Systems
  • A1       Engine Repair
  • A2       Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • A3       Manual Drive Train & Axles
  • A4       Suspension & Steering
  • A5       Brakes
  • A6       Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • A7       Heating & Air Conditioning
  • A8       Engine Performance 

Education

  • Kent Skill Center Automotive Technology Graduate
  • A.A.S. Automotive Service Technology Ferris State University
  • B.S. Technical Education Ferris State University
  • M.A. Career and Technical Education Western Michigan University

Nathan Vannest, Instructor

Background prior to Teaching

  • Jaguar & Land Rover Silver certified Technician; Shape Collection Grand Rapids, MI
  • Ford Senior Master Technician;  Keller Ford  Grand Rapids, MI

Industry Credentials

  • L1        Advanced Engine Performance Specialist
  • L3        Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Specialist
  • G1      Auto Maintenance and Light Repair
  • X1       Exhaust Systems
  • A1       Engine Repair
  • A2       Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • A3       Manual Drive-Train & Axles
  • A4       Suspension & Steering
  • A5       Brakes
  • A6       Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • A7       Heating & Air Conditioning
  • A8       Engine Performance
  • A9       Light Vehicle Diesel Engines 

Education

  • A.A.S. Automotive Service Technology Ferris State University
  • B.S. Technical Education Ferris State University
  • M.A. Career and Technical Education Western Michigan University

Chris Yetzke, Instructor

Instructor Chris YetzkeBackground prior to Teaching

  • 25 years in the Automotive Industry as an Automotive Technician and Service Manager

Industry Credentials

  • ASE Master Certified

Education

  • Universal Technical Institute - certificate in Automotive Technology 
  • Ferris State University - Bachelor of Science, Pro-Mo-TEd Technical Education

Josh Denhof, CTES

Background prior to Teaching

  • 19 years as a General Motors Automotive Technician.

Industry Credentials

  • ASE Master Certified Technician

Education

  • KCTC Automotive Graduate
  • Grand Rapids Community College- A.A.S Automotive Service Technology