May 2020 graduate Andrew Poetz was on the fast track to the 2020 SkillsUSA National Championship when the COVID-19 pandemic began. This year, he placed first in the plumbing contest during the District Championship, and garnered the praise of Ranken’s Plumbing Department Head, David Munie.

Now, Poetz is working at Beis Plumbing, specializing in residential repairs, residential remodels and new construction. He says in five years, he sees himself as a journeyman plumber and working to become a master.

“Ranken has given me an intro to plumbing, and gave me a step above even some experienced plumbing apprentices,” Poetz says. “It has helped me find a fantastic job and set me on a path only leading up. It has put me in a place where I can look to the future and be confident in my capabilities.”

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