Moraine Park carpentry student named ABC Apprentice of the Year

by admin27. May 2008 19:00

Nathan Potratz of Pickett, who recently completed his fourth year as a Moraine Park Technical College and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin carpentry apprentice, was named ABC’s state Apprentice of the Year for 2008 during an ABC apprentice graduation banquet in Wisconsin Dells May 16. He is the fourth Moraine Park carpentry apprentice in as many years to receive this award.

 Nathan Potratz is shown with Wayne Belanger from ABC of Wisconsin. Nate is holding his award.

“Nate is an extremely knowledgeable student, a strong contributor to class discussions, an exceptional test writer and is always willing to share his expertise with fellow apprentices and his instructor,” said Jerry Schwengels, Moraine Park apprentice carpentry instructor. “In the lab and with hands-on theory, Nate also is an eager participant and leader in the various skill-development activities.”


Potratz earned a second-place silver medal in the carpentry competition at the 22nd annual ABC National Craft Championships held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he placed first in the ABC of Wisconsin State Skill Competition in January.


His employer, Jason Geffers of J.J. Geffers Construction, Inc. in Oshkosh, noted Nate’s excellence in leadership and his ability to handle tasks beyond his years.


In addition to his job with Geffers, Potratz has his own side business building cabinets and furniture and is the treasurer at his church. “I love what I do and have accomplished so many things,” he said “I’m daily shown I do not know it all. Work is never boring; it changes daily.”


For more information about programs and apprenticeships at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses, visit For the Carpentry Apprenticeship program, call Jon Waldhuetter at 262-335-5841.