BC student Ashley Agbe to compete in national craft skills competition
Brazosport College student Ashley Agbe has earned the honor of participating in one of the construction industry’s most recognized and revered craft skills events, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) National Craft Championships.
Agbe, a 2007 Brazoswood High School graduate, will compete in the millwright division and is representing her employer, RPM Services, Inc., as well as ABC Texas Gulf Coast and Brazosport College.
She will be the only woman competing in the traditionally male-dominated millwright division. She’s also the first woman to represent Brazosport College since the school began participating in the National Craft Championships 12 years ago.
Agbe will be competing for not only the honor of calling herself a National Craft Champion, but also for a first-place prize of $750 and a gold medal.
“I think she has a very good chance,” said Brazosport College construction trades faculty member Jim Slick. “There’s no doubt that she has both the smarts and the skills to do it.”
The National Craft Championships celebrates ABC’s and its member firms’ training and education efforts. This year’s competition will be held from April 29 to May 2 in Birmingham, Alabama. Craft trainees and apprentices from across the country travel each year to compete for top honors in their chosen craft. Thirteen different crafts will be represented at this year’s championships, including a variety of skills such as electrical, HVAC, millwright, pipefitting and welding, to name just a few.
To learn more about Brazosport College’s millwright program, call 979.230.3575. For more information on ABC’s National Craft Championships, visitwww.nationalcraftchampionships.org.