Craft Championships

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust held it's largest-ever Craft Championships, High School Challenges and Career Day this past Friday, November 30th.

5 ABC of Iowa apprentices took home First Place, and will now be competing in the 2019 ABC National Craft Championships, taking place in Long Beach, CA in March 2019. Congratulations to these winners!

2018 - 1st Place

Shown above (L to R):

Mark Jacobsen, Kline Electric (Electrical: Residential/Commercial)
Dan Adams, Shaw Electric, Inc. (Electrical: Commercial/Industrial)
Erick Cobbs, Warnick, Inc. (HVAC)
Charles Masek, Converse Conditioned Air (Sheet Metal)
Dan Needels, Royal Plumbing (Plumbing)

Shown above (L to R):

Chris Marks, Modern Mechanical (HVAC)
Corey Jacobe, Mid Iowa Electric, Inc. (Electrical: Residential/Commercial)
Brian Howell, A-Lert Construction (Electrical: Commercial/Industrial)
James Herold, Royal Plumbing (Plumbing)
Max Baldwin, Proctor Mechanical Corp. (Sheet Metal)

Over 150 high school students from over 20 Iowa high schools were present to compete in this year's High School Challenges.
Categories included:
- Carpentry
- Electrical
- Welding (Beginner)
- Welding (Advanced)

Congratulations to these winners!


1st – Fort Madison HS
2nd – East Sac County HS
3rd – Harlan HS


1st – Sioux Center HS
2nd – Union HS


1st – Colby Morehouse, AC-GC HS (Not pictured).
2nd – Ethan Heitshusen, Williamsburg HS

1st – Tristan Bell, Keokuk County Career Academy
2nd – Trevor Coffman, Cardinal Area Welding Academy

Over 300 Iowa High School students registered to attend the Career Day booths featuring the fantastic career opportunities in the Skilled Trades.

We want to extend our deep appreciation to all who competed in our 2018 event, to the event sponsors and those who held a career day booth, and to those who came by to support the competitors and attend the career day.