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Area Schools To Compete in Skills Competition

Courtesy of Associated General Contractors of Georgia

Students from Wheeler, Montgomery, and Toombs County have the chance to put their skills to the test in an upcoming Skills Challenge in Statesboro.

A ssociated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) is partnering with Ace Electric, Inc.; Choate Construction Company and West Construction Company to host construction students from high schools in 26 local counties for the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Bulloch County Agricultural Complex (44 Arena Boulevard).

This Skills Challenge is one of eight regional events held throughout Georgia that will host over 2,300 students from nearly 100 schools. Competitions held at the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge are: Blueprint Reading, Carpentry, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operation, Masonry, Plumbing, Roofing and Welding.

“As one of the host contractors, we are proud to partner with the local industry and AGC Georgia to promote careers in construction while developing our future workforce,” said Matt West, President of West Construction Company.

With nearly 200 students competing in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge, several hundred additional 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.

“Skills Challenges allow high school students enrolled in construction programs an opportunity to showcase their trade talents in a ‘game day’ atmosphere,” AGC Georgia CEO Mike Dunham said. “For some competitors, this event is a ‘Friday Night Lights’ experience with the opportunity to receive job offers from participating industry representatives. Each year, we are proud to partner with amazing member contracting firms to showcase rewarding construction career opportunities to student competitors and observers.”

Students from construction programs in the following counties are invited to compete in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Wheeler.

Students who are members of SkillsUSA Georgia and compete in carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing and welding at this event are eligible to earn a bid to the State Leadership and Skills Competition (SLSC) that will be held in February 2024.

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