Statesboro High School’s Architecture & Construction students will again compete in the annual Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge on Nov. 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex, located at 44 Arena Blvd., in Statesboro.
Hosted by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia), Ace Electric, Inc.; Choate Construction Company and West Construction Company, construction students from 26 local and area high schools will face off in blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, heavy machinery, masonry, plumbing, roofing and welding.
“Each year, our students work hard to compete at AGC Georgia’s Skills Challenge because it provides an opportunity to highlight their talents,” said Josh Hall, the construction teacher at SHS. “The hands-on and real-world environment creates an atmosphere that our students appreciate and enjoy.”
This Skills Challenge is one of eight regional events held throughout Georgia that will host over 2,300 students from nearly 100 schools. Students from construction programs in the following counties were invited to compete in this regional event: 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.
“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 who are members of SkillsUSA Georgia and compete in carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing and welding at this event are also eligible to earn a bid to the State Leadership and Skills Competition in February 2024.
The Architecture & Construction career cluster at Statesboro High School is part of Bulloch County Schools’ Career Technical & Agricultural Education program which consists of 13 different career clusters and 30 career pathways with course offerings that can help develop our future workforce. More than 1,500 Bulloch County high school students are enrolled in at least one career pathway course. Learn more at www.careerreadybulloch.org.