MIDLAND, Michigan, March 2017 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) announces two of their students competed at the ABC National Craft Competition that took place March 1-3 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Eric Biskner, a pipefitter at Three Rivers Corporation, Midland, MI, competed against other pipefitters from around the country and Michael Gohm, an electrician with Valley Electrical Contractors, Midland, MI competed in the Residential/Commercial Electrician category.

Students that qualify for the ABC National Competition join the nearly 1,500 men and women who have competed in one of the construction industries most recognized and respected craft skills events. ABC Greater Michigan is proud to have produced over 20 national medal winners within the last 18 years.

Competitors were required to complete a two hour written exam and a six hour project performance test. The competitors are judged in areas critical to the success of any construction trade project: safety, quality of workmanship, layout of project, use of materials, assembly of components, sequence of project, ability
to follow instructions, ability to complete in a timely manner, and accuracy.

"What a great experience it was to see such a high level of safe craftsmanship and competition.  All the craftspeople and trades were represented very well by the talent at the National Craft Championship, these are the future leaders of our businesses and free enterprise, I would say our future looks very bright indeed.” said, Paul Crivac, Safety Director, Three Rivers Corporation.

“Our students work very hard to learn their craft to the best of their ability. It is very rewarding to see that our instructors are doing a job worthy of national recognition.” said, Stephanie Davis, Vice President, Greater Michigan Construction Academy.

For more information on the National Craft Championships visit  www.nationalcraftchampionships.com

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GMCA’s mission is to educate thru collaboration of the construction industry, their employees, and our communities. GMCA strives to develop professional workplace competencies and skills while promoting the construction industry as a career choice. For more information contact us at 989.832.8879 or sdavis@gmca.edu 


Left to right: Competitors Eric Biskner, Three Rivers Corporation; Michael Gohm, Valley Electrical Contractors outside the convention center where the NCC competition took place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida March 3, 2017.