AGC Georgia and our amazing partners are looking forward to hosting the 2021 Skills Challenge series. New this year, we are hosting two additional Challenges - metro Atlanta and Southeast Georgia.
Along with our new events, we'll continue to welcome students in Augusta, Cedartown, Gainesville, Macon and Moultrie. During the last Skills series that consisted of just five events, 742 students competed in (varied by regional event): broadcast news production, blueprint reading, cabinet making, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, masonry, roofing, welding, and TeamWorks. These 700+ students represented 81 high schools. One region offered a competition for students to research construction careers and create a display board with their findings.
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 partners from each of the seven regions who volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and their 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.
These annual events are strategically held late in the 4th quarter of each year so they serve as a timely primer to get students ready to compete in their regional SkillsUSA events that are typically held each January. Winners of the regional events move on to the state SkillsUSA competitions held each March at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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 the early planning for any of our seven regional events, please reach out to Bill Chambless at 478-972-5865 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.