On January 29, 2016 Duffey Southeast participated in the SkillsUSA Northwest Georgia Region 1 competition at the Georgia Northwest Technical College Walker campus.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and firms working together to develop America’s future workforce. The organization provides training and support services for students interested in skilled labor positions in a variety of industries. Through educational programs, events and competition, SkillsUSA supports career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms. The regional group, SkillsUSA Georgia, is focused on serving high school students involved in architecture, construction, communication, cosmetology, public safety and transportation pathways.
As a sponsor of the event, Duffey Southeast invested time, money and materials into the future workforce of the northwest Georgia area. The event challenged high school students from 23 schools in Georgia to compete against one another showcasing their skills in a variety of areas. Duffey Southeast finds these types of events particularly useful in showcasing the opportunities students have in the construction industry – and hopes that by investing in the nation’s youth, it will positively affect the industry as a whole.
Duffey Southeast acted as subject matter experts and judges for the construction competition that included events in:
- Plumbing, and
The students had time-sensitive tasks that tested their knowledge and skills. They brought their own tools and dressed according to pre-set standards. Additionally, each student had to demonstrate their ability to safely operate the tools required for the task. Judges scores were based on industry standards and each task is inspected thoroughly to determine the winners.
Over 500 people attended the event the dynamic SkillsUSA Northwest Georgia event. First and second place winners advanced to the State Leadership and Skills Conference to be held at the Georgia International Convention Center March 17-19, 2016.