Moraine Park apprentices take part in state Skill Competition

by admin22. January 2009 19:00

Three Moraine Park Technical College carpentry apprentices participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Skill Competition held recently at the KI Center in Green Bay.


Scott Poklasny of Hartford, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Northcentral Construction Corp. in Fond du Lac, placed second in the carpentry competition. First-place winner Andrew Shelton of Madison, a fourth-year apprentice employed by Kraemer Brothers, LLC has a prior commitment so Poklasny will represent Wisconsin in the carpentry competition at the ABC National Craft Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 25-March 1. At the nationals, young men and women compete in one of 14 competitions, representing 13 trades. Each competition includes a written exam and a practical performance test. Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers within each competition.


“I was very impressed with Scott’s performance in the contest,” said Gary Roehrig, Moraine Park ABC Carpentry Apprentice instructor. “He was very well prepared and organized in his practical competition. I believe Scott will represent Moraine Park and Wisconsin very well in the National Skill Competition. I wish him well and hope for success in Honolulu.”


Also competing in the carpentry event were Dustin Pagel of Neenah, who is employed by Radtke Contractors Inc. of Winneconne, and Nick Collin of Mt. Calvary, who is employed by Burg Homes & Design Inc. of Malone. Both are third-year apprentices in the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. 


Patrick Stafford of Beaver Dam, who is employed by McCallum Electric of Beaver Dam, placed third in the electrical contest. Randy Patasius of West Bend, who is employed by Steiner Electric Inc. of West Bend, also competed. Both are fifth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.


Participating in the electrical contest from Moraine Park’s West Bend campus were Ian Gronbeck of Mayville, who is employed by Lyons Electric Co. Inc. of Delafield, and Ryan Punzenberger of West Bend, who is employed by Faith Technologies Inc. of Appleton. Both are fourth-year apprentices in the ABC Electrical Apprenticeship program.


Thirty-five apprentices from throughout the state participated in the ABC Skill Competition to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and sheet metal, undergoing a two-hour written exam and a four-hour practical, hands-on project.   


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