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LCAC welding team wins first at competition
welders competition
The Liberty County College & Career Academy team competed and won first place in the beginner welding competition during the Southeast Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held Nov. 2 at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex. Photo by Jessica Homburg

The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) partnered with West Construction Company, Ace Electric, Inc., and Choate Construction Company and hosted construction students from 19 area high schools for the Southeast Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge. The competitions were held on Nov. 2, at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex.

The Liberty County College & Career Academy team competed and won first place in the beginner welding competition. The overall winning school was Camden County. Competitions at this Skills Challenge were in the following categories: blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, tile setting and welding. “Our team is proud to be a host contractor for this inaugural southeast Georgia event with the support of many industry firms that are serving as sponsors,” said Matt West, president of West Construction Company. “Beyond inspiring the competitors, we hope to educate students on the numerous career path opportunities available to them in the construction industry.” In addition to more than 121 competitors who participated in this event, another 114 students attended as observers to learn the process in hopes of competing in future years. Local industry companies provided volunteer judges for each of the skills competitions, as well as the volunteers who offered hands-on activities for student observers.

“AGC Georgia partnered with regional contractors to host Skills Challenges in seven cities around the state,” said AGC Georgia CEO Mike Dunham. “This series provided an opportunity for high school students to showcase what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it through competition. It’s rewarding to have competitors’ parents, their construction teachers and school counselors, as well as academic and community leaders see all the excitement surrounding today’s construction industry.”

Students from the following construction programs competed in the Southeast Skills Challenge: Bryan County High School, Burke County High School, Camden County High School, Crisp County High School, East Laurens High School, Golden Isles College & Career Academy, Jefferson County High School, Liberty County College & Career Academy, Madison County High School, School of Liberal Arts at Savannah High School, Statesboro High School, Toombs County High School, Vidalia High School, Ware County High School, Wayne County High School, West Laurens High School, Wheeler County High School, Windsor Forest High School and Woodville Tompkins High School.

This event also prepared students to compete in the regional SkillsUSA event in January. Winners of that regional event will participate in the state SkillsUSA competition in late February at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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