SHS students prepare for the “Skills Challenge”

Statesboro High School construction students prepare to compete in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex.

Hosted by the Associated General Contractors of GeorgiaInc. and area contractors, this is the second year that more than 200 students from 18 area high schools will return to Statesboro to present and compete in eight different building skills challenges.

Students learned these skills through their respective schools’ Architecture & Construction Career Pathway courses, which are part of their school district’s technical and agricultural curriculum. The Farm Complex arena will be filled with the following Skill Challenge Stations: Framing, Masonry, Blueprint Reading, Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, and Roofing.

The event also allows students to practice as they prepare to compete in regional SkillsUSA events in January. The winners of these regional events participate in the state SkillsUSA competition at the end of March at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Ace Electric, Inc.; Choate construction company; and West Construction Company are not only co-hosts of this region’s Skills Challenge, but the companies frequently partner with construction educators, like Statesboro High’s Josh Hall, to be industry advisors and provide hands-on experiences. learning to students throughout the year.
“AGC Georgia’s Skills Challenge allows our students to demonstrate their abilities to the industry in a hands-on, real-world environment,” Hall said. “The experience is amazing to watch as our students get to showcase their talents to the industry they wish to work in. We are grateful to AGC Georgia for creating an experience that our students will remember for the rest of their lives.
In addition to Statesboro High, construction students from the following schools must participate in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge: Camden County High, East Laurens High, Golden Isles College & Career Academy, Lee County High, Liberty College and Career Academy, Liberty County High, Madison County High, Savannah High, Thomson High, Toombs County High, Vidalia High, Ware County High, Wayne County High, West Laurens High, Wheeler County High, Windsor Forest High, and Woodville Tompkins High.
In addition to the more than 200 competitors who will attend this year’s event, hundreds of other students will be on hand as observers to learn the process in hopes of competing in years to come.

Local industry companies provide the volunteer judges for each of the skills competitions, as well as the volunteers who provide hands-on activities for student observers. These activities help students become familiar with certain construction trades.

The Bulloch County event is one of series of seven skill challenges across the state which will host approximately 2,000 student competitors and student observers from 96 Georgia schools.