BC student earns bronze medal at ABC Craft Championships

BC student earns bronze medal at ABC Craft Championships

Wed May 4, 2016

Brazosport College student Jacob Henson recently earned a bronze medal at one of the construction industry’s most recognized and revered craft skills events, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) National Craft Championships.

Henson brought home third-place honors in the millwright division. He was representing his employer, RPM Services, Inc., as well as ABC Texas Gulf Coast and Brazosport College.

Henson was among a field of more than 200 craft trainees in 15 competitions representing 13 crafts. Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in daylong hands-on practical performance tests.

“I was happy I did as well as I did, but just being there was the biggest award,” Henson said. “It was an honor to be able to compete with the best in the nation.”

ABC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter has sponsored competitors in this national competition since 1996 and has a total of 20 medals. Brazosport College’s millwright program, which is taught by Jim Slick and is one of the craft training programs sponsored by ABC, has produced 15 medal winners since first sending a competitor to the National Craft Championships in 1997.