November 7th, 2022 – 4:30 PM
Press Release –
The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) is partnering with Duffey Southeast, Inc. to host construction students from 15 high schools for the Northwest Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge. The competitions will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds (69 Church Street, NW). This event is one of seven regional events held throughout Georgia that will host 94 schools and over 2,000 students.
Competitions at this Skills Challenge will be held in the following categories: blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, team building, and welding.
“As the host contractor, our team is thrilled to welcome many local students, teachers, spectators, government officials, and more to this amazing event that wouldn’t have been achievable without the support of additional sponsoring industry firms,” Duffey Southeast CEO Dan Baker said. “In addition to providing opportunities for competitors, our goal is to educate students on the numerous career paths that exist within the construction industry.”
With over 100 students participating in Northwest Georgia Skills Challenge, an additional several hundred students will observe in hopes of competing in the future. These students will also benefit from conversations with construction industry professionals who host interactive activities for students to become more familiar with specific construction trades.
“As always, AGC Georgia is proud to host Skills Challenges with regional contractors in seven cities across the state,” AGC Georgia CEO Mike Dunham said. “These events provide high school students with the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it through real-life competitions. We always love seeing the excitement from competitors’ parents, construction teachers, and school counselors, along with local academic and community leaders as they celebrate the achievements of hundreds of students achieving in the construction industry.”
Students from the following construction programs plan to compete in the Northwest Skills Challenge: Adairsville High School, Calhoun High School, Carrollton High School, Cass High School, Cedartown High School, Chattooga High School, Gordon Central High School, Gordon County College & Career Academy, Harris County High School, Lee County High School, Murray County High School, Northwest Whitfield High School, Rockmart High School, Rome High School, and Roswell High School.
Additionally, AGC Georgia’s Skills Challenges are a great primer for students who compete in their region’s SkillsUSA competition that will take place in January. Winners from those regional events then participate in the state SkillsUSA competition in late March at the Georgia World Congress Center.
For more information about Skills Challenges, please visit www.agcga.org/skills.