Construction students from 17 area high schools will be participating in the Northeast Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge in Gainesville this week.
The Associated General Contractors of Georgia is hosting the event, and students will compete in a variety of competitions under the guidance of Bowen & Watson and Carroll Daniel Construction.
The competition will be held Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.
Competitions will be held in the following skill categories: blueprint reading, cabinet making, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, teamwork, and welding. In addition, students with a flair for broadcast news will compete to serve as onsite news reporters and/or producers covering the latest headlines from the competition.
Construction students from the following schools plan to compete: Berkmar High School, Cherokee Bluff High School, Chestatee High School, East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Flowery Branch High School, Floyd County College & Career Academy, Gilmer County High School, R.W. Johnson High School, Lanier College & Career Academy, Lumpkin County High School, Madison County High School, Maxwell High School of Technology, North Hall High School, Polk County College & Career Academy, Roswell High School, Stephens County High School, and West Hall High School.
Bowen & Watson and Carroll Daniel Construction are providing the volunteer judges for each of the skills competitions. In addition, the volunteers are offering hands-on activities for students to participate, so they can become more familiar with specific trades.
These events are preparing students who will go on to compete in their regional SkillsUSA event this January. Winners of the regional events will participate in the state SkillsUSA competitions in late March at the Georgia International Convention Center.