Skills Challenges

The AGC Georgia Skills Challenge series was a big hit in 2021 with over 1,900 student competitors and student observers from 80 schools attending. The series returned to Augusta, Cedartown, Gainesville, Macon and Moultrie with Marietta and Statesboro hosting their first Challenges. The core competitions for the Challenges are Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, Plumbing, and Welding with Blueprint Reading, Roofing, Fine Furniture/ Woodworking, HVAC, and other disciplines being offered at select Challenges.

The annual events are held in the fourth quarter of each calendar year to prepare students for the regional SkillsUSA events in January. Winners of the regional events move on to the state SkillsUSA competitions held each March at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

AGC Georgia CEO Mike Dunham said the amazing testimonies from teachers are very important to the mission of AGC Georgia. “Feedback from our participants reveals how important these events have become in helping students get prepared for the SkillsUSA region and state competitions as well as their long term careers,” Dunham said. “It is a testament of our dedication to AGC Georgia’s mission of continuing to develop a stronger construction industry by providing members access to the resources and tools they need to improve their businesses.”

Skills Challenge leaders are excited about exponentially growing the number of students who can now learn about careers in construction and show off their SKILLS!

This statewide workforce development program is only made possible through the support of many industry professionals. Along with our regional contractor champions from each event who volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and expertise, we also benefit from the hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorships from industry firms across the state who value efforts to grow the construction industry's talent pipeline for generations to come.

During the last Skills Challenge series 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 were in attendance.

As plans are being finalized for each of the below listed Skills Challenge dates, please watch for communication from AGC Georgia and our regional contractor partners. We invite all industry firms to get engaged by offering a hands-on exhibitor experience at a Challenge for student observers, providing sponsorship dollars through our 501c3 foundation, or having a seasoned professionals from your company serve as a judge in a competition near you. We are also in need of in-kind donations for materials needed in each of the competition categories. Perhaps you have other ways you'd like to connect with the students such as sponsoring the prizes for all of our category winners. The opportunities are endless and for everyone.

If you'd like to be included in planning for any of our seven regional events, please reach out to Alyson Abercrombie at 678-298-4106 or by email at abercrombie@agcga.org.