Midstate high schoolers get their hands dirty in head-to-head construction competition

November 2, 2022

by BRANDON MCGOUIRK | WGXA News Thursday, October 27th 2022

Midstate high schoolers get their hands dirty in head-to-head construction competition (WGXA) | Photo courtesy of Rhythm Communications, LLC


MACON, Ga. (WGXA) — Students for 19 high schools across the Midstate are gathering for the Associated General Contractors of Georgia’s Central Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge at the Macon State Farmers’ Market.


AGC Georgia and Sheridan Construction are partnering for the event, one of seven regional events held throughout Georgia, hosting 95 schools and more than 2,000 students.


“As the host contractor, our team understands the importance of the AGC Georgia Skills Challenge series to our construction industry,” Sheridan Construction President Christy Kovac said. “This is a great way for our company to help young people learn more about the numerous career paths within the construction industry while we also educate teachers, parents, school administrators, government officials, and more at this incredible event.”


More than 200 students are competing in the Central Georgia Skills Challenge with hundreds more in attendance to spectate with a possibility to compete in the future as well as the opportunity to engage with construction professionals and participate in interactive activities.


“Every year, AGC Georgia is proud to host seven Skills Challenges alongside our member contractors,” 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. Contractors also enjoy participating because this is a tangible way to continue enhancing the industry’s talent pipeline.”


Competitions will be held for multiple categories including blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, roofing, and welding.