The full 2020 Skills Challenge series was not able to be held due to COVID-19. On October 27, 2020, the Central Georgia/Southern Crescent region hosted the only event for this year. Ninety-five students from seven high schools participated in this event that was held in Griffin. Organizers are working to set dates and expand the number of challenges for our Fall 2021 series.
Recap of the Fall 2019 series:
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.