NOTE: The 2020 Skills Challenge series is planned to kick off in late October and run through early December. We are not in a position to make a definitive call to hold or to postpone these regional high school construction competitions, at this time.
The AGC Georgia team is working closely with our regional champion contractors and CEFGA to gather information from instructors at competing schools on whether their administration will allow students to travel to competitions. We are in touch with our host venues to learn about their ability to accommodate the competitions.
With many schools beginning in recent days and more starting either in-person and/or virtual instruction in the coming days, we'll have a clearer picture of our options in mid-September.
We'll continue to keep you posted as we learn more from all stakeholders.
In fall of 2019, AGC Georgia’s regional Workforce Development Alliances hosted Skills Challenges in Augusta, Cedartown, Gainesville, Macon and Moultrie. These five events offered the opportunity for 742 students to compete, representing 81 high schools, in broadcast news production, blueprint reading, cabinet making, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, masonry, roofing, welding, and TeamWorks. One region also offered a competition for those who researched construction careers and developed a display board with their findings.
Several AGC Georgia member firms devote hundreds of hours to make these member-driven challenges a huge success.
These annual events help prepare students to compete in their regional SkillsUSA events each January. Winners of the regional events move on to the state SkillsUSA competitions held each March at the Georgia World Congress Center.
In 2019, the Skills Challenges drew approximately 1,000 student observers and hundreds of influencers including state legislators, school superintendents, high school counselors, mayors, school board members, and leaders from the Department of Education and Technical College System of Georgia. Contributions made to the AGC Georgia Foundation by industry firms help make these events a huge success.
Together with our regional champion contractors, AGC Georgia is working on the 2020 series and excited to grow the program even more!