Students from Statesboro High School Construction will compete against other area high schools in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge on November 2, starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Bulloch County Farm Complex, located at 44 Arena Blvd., in Statesboro.
Organized by Associated General Contractors of Georgia in partnership with Ace Electric, Inc., Choate Construction Company, and West Construction Company, construction students from 19 regional high schools will compete against each other in a variety of competitions.
“AGC Georgia’s Skills Challenge is a great way for students to showcase their talents in a unique and engaged way,” said Josh Hall, the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster course instructor at Statesboro High School, which are part of the Bulloch County Schools Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Program. “It’s humbling to see these kids apply their skills during the competition and get real experience in the process. We appreciate all the support and effort that the construction industry puts into this event, so that our students can thrive and advance in the construction industry. “
Competitions will be held in the following skill categories: blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, tile laying and welding.
“The Skills Challenge event gives high school students interested in the construction trades the opportunity to present what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in a competition,” said Mike Dunham, Managing Director of Associated General Contractors of Georgia. “Beyond inspiring competitors, we hope to educate students about the many career opportunities within the construction industry. “
Construction students from the following schools are planning to participate in this Central Georgia & Southern Crescent Skills Challenge: Bryan County High School; Burke County High School; Camden County High School; Crisp County High School; Lycée Est Laurens; Golden Isles College & Career Academy; Jefferson County High School; Liberty County College and Career Academy; Madison County High School; School of Liberal Arts at Savannah High School; Statesboro High School; Toombs County High School; Vidalia High School; Ware County High School; Wayne County High School; West Laurens High School; Wheeler County High School; Windsor Forest High School; and Woodville Tompkins High School.
In addition to the more than 150 competitors who will attend this event, around 100 additional students will attend as observers to learn the process with the hope of competing in the future. Local representatives from the construction industry serve as volunteer judges for each of the skills competitions, as well as volunteers for hands-on activities for student observers. These activities help students become familiar with certain construction trades.
This event also prepares students to participate in the SkillsUSA regional event in January. The winners of this regional event participate in the State SkillsUSA competition in late February at the Georgia World Congress Center.
For more information on skill challenges, learn more here.
About Associated General Contractors of America – GA Chapter
The Georgia Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America is a professional association. Its member companies do the majority of public and private commercial construction work in Georgia and include 600 of the top general contractors, residential, light commercial, construction managers, designer-builders, municipal utility contractors, contractors. heavy and road vehicles, specialist contractors, service providers and suppliers. It is one of 89 chapters representing more than 27,000 member companies nationwide. The Associated General Contractors of America is the largest and most respected construction trade association in the United States.
Bulloch County Schools Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
Bulloch County Schools prepare students for successful careers and help build an educated, skilled and efficient workforce for economic growth in Bulloch County. His vision for workforce development is that all students graduate from high school and are ready to be enrolled, enlisted or employed. The vocational, technical and agricultural education program is a key element of this vision.
Bulloch County Schools offer career courses in technical and agricultural education developed by the State of Georgia and the Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce initiative, which builds on partnerships with industry and higher education to ensure that students have the skills they need to thrive in the future workforce. Georgia’s Technical and Agricultural Education Program offers students over 130 career path options in 17 different career groups. Bulloch County schools offer these career paths and the technical student organizations that support them.
Bulloch County Schools
Editor’s Note: Extracted from the Associated General Contractors of America – Georgia Chapter and Bulloch County Schools reports.