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Moraine Park Technical College carpentry students recently participated in the 2019 Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Skill Trade competition in West Bend.

The ABC of Wisconsin Skill competition is an all-day event that includes a four-hour hands-on practical exam and a two-hour written exam. Moraine Park had a total of four students participate, earning four of the eight medals in the competition.

The College’s students earned a complete sweep of the top three spots in the carpentry division. Chad St. John of Oshkosh, employed by Northcentral Construction Corporation, placed first; John Paul Rubenzer of Plover, employed by Altmann Construction Company, Inc, placed second; Brian Noone of Madison, employed by Stevens Construction Corp., placed third. Tyler Anderson of Oostburg, employed by DeTroye Electric Service, Inc., placed second in the electrical competition.

“Chad came to NorthCentral with very little construction experience,” Jim Brunet, general superintendent at North Central Construction Corp. said. “The past three years I have witnessed his growth in the construction industry, getting the knowledge and support from our experienced foreman and leadman. Having Chad go through the ABC apprenticeship will be a great asset for our company. He is now following in the footsteps of some of our past apprentices by going to nationals to compete and climbing the ladder of success at NorthCentral. I look forward to Chad being a great role  model for some of our younger apprentices in years to come, and we wish him the best of luck at nationals.”

St. John will represent Moraine Park Technical College at the ABC National Craftsman Championship in Long Beach, Calif. this March. This event allows for skilled trainees and apprentices from across the country compete for top honors by demonstrating their superior skills, training, and safe work practices. The championship is expected to have 200 competitors from across the nation.

For more information about Moraine Park Technical College, visit morainepark.edu.

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Written by Kristina Haensgen
Public Relations & Events Specialist