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42nd Annual ABC/MSTI Craft Training Graduation & Banquet

The 42nd Annual ABC/MSTI Graduation was held on June 12 , 2018.  Richard Miller of Wood Group was the Guest Speaker, addressing 29 graduates in five training programs including Electrical, HVAC, Millwright, Construction Management, and Basic Rigger.

Six Scholarships were awarded to area high school students, and two of the graduates attended as guests  Both have completed about half the Millwright program already through dual credit courses.

Additionally, Jim Slick, Coordinator for the Millwright Program at Brazosport College for more than 25 years, was honored and congratulated for his upcoming retirement.

Jesus (Jess) Longoria, 2018 Bronze Medal Winner for Millwright at ABC National Craft Championships graduated from 2 programs (Millwright and Basic Rigger) and was also honored and awarded a matching check for representing ABC at the National Craft Championships earlier this year in Long Beach, California.

ABC Texas Gulf Coast Sponsors Two Local Craft Competitors

The ABC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter proudly sponsored competitors at the National Craft Championships in the millwright and electrical divisions, held during ABC Convention, March 19-22, 2018, in Long Beach, California. After successful qualification at the ABC Local Craft Championships, Jesus Longoria IV of RPM Services and John Cardenas of Wolfenson Electric, Inc. were selected to compete in the millwright and electrical divisions of the National competition.  
While both competitors performed well, Jesus Longoria IV (RPM Services) brought home the Bronze Medal in the millwright division.
The competition consisted of a two-hour written knowledge exam and a six-hour practical performance test.  The written exam contributed 25% and the practical performance test contributed 75% of the total score.  
After the local ABC Craft Championship in October 2017, Mr. Longoria practiced performance tasks every weekend under the tutelage of Cody Barnard and Kerry Melton, both former millwright National Gold Medalists; and Ashley Agbe, former millwright National Silver Medalist. 
Jesus Longoria IV is enrolled in the Millwright program at Brazosport College and is under the instruction of Mr. Jim Slick, Millwright and Machine Tools Program Coordinator. 
We wish to congratulate both John and Jesus for representing their companies and ABC Texas Gulf Coast so well, and for their achievements in qualifying for this prestigious competition.  You are our champions!

2018 National Craft Championships