Introducing the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades

The K12 Pipeline supports construction, metals and drafting programs in elementary, middle and high schools across the state by working with teachers, counselors, work-based learning coordinators, CTAE administrators, legislators, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and industry partners to supply a sustainable skilled trade workforce to the construction industry. The program benefits young people by delivering unprecedented opportunities and economic mobility.

Thanks to a groundbreaking $5.7 million investment in the K12 Pipeline by The Marcus Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, our “Introducing the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades” initiative is building the construction workforce while delivering valuable in-demand skills to students and connecting them to clear career pathways in the skilled trades. This comprehensive initiative involves partnerships between CEFGA, educators, philanthropic organizations, the GaDOE and industry leaders. Together, we are changing the face of education and building the construction industry one person at a time.

Whether it be a 5th grader experiencing the fulfillment of a job well done while holding their first completed project, a middle schooler discovering their passion in a construction connections class, or a high schooler earning industry credentials and taking the next step to a quality career as a craft professional—our team is proud to be part of the story.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Introducing the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades

The K12 Pipeline supports construction, metals and drafting programs in elementary, middle and high schools across the state by working with teachers, counselors, work-based learning coordinators, CTAE administrators, legislators, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and industry partners to supply a sustainable skilled trade workforce to the construction industry. The program benefits young people by delivering unprecedented opportunities and economic mobility.

Thanks to a groundbreaking $5.7 million investment in the K12 Pipeline by The Marcus Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, our “Introducing the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades” initiative is building the construction workforce while delivering valuable in-demand skills to students and connecting them to clear career pathways in the skilled trades. This comprehensive initiative involves partnerships between CEFGA, educators, philanthropic organizations, the GaDOE and industry leaders. Together, we are changing the face of education and building the construction industry one person at a time.

Whether it be a 5th grader experiencing the fulfillment of a job well done while holding their first completed project, a middle schooler discovering their passion in a construction connections class, or a high schooler earning industry credentials and taking the next step to a quality career as a craft professional—our team is proud to be part of the story.

Watch the video below to learn more!

 

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CEFGA Announces $5.7 Million Commitment to Address Skills Gap

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and The Marcus Foundation Create First Joint Partnership to Introduce the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades

A $5.7 million grant is helping CEFGA expand its statewide effort to address two significant socio-economic challenges in Georgia: first, the need to reduce the growing and dramatic workforce shortages in the construction industry; and second, the need to create more and stronger career pathways for Georgia’s young people that enable them to have self-sustainable and fulfilling lives.

The Marcus Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation have “seeded” a three-year investment that will allow CEFGA to:

  • Expose more than 21,000 students to careers in construction.
  • Provide training and industry credentials to more than 17,500 students.
  • Place at least 3,500 students into work-based learning and full-time employment opportunities in the construction industry.
  • Expand the number of elementary and middle school construction programs in Georgia from nine to at least 20 across the state.
  • Expand the number of industry-certified high school construction programs in Georgia from 42 to more than 80.

A recent report by Kennesaw State University found that 83 percent of construction companies surveyed said staffing was their biggest business challenge. The Georgia Department of Labor estimates 271,529 skilled jobs will be needed by 2022.

“We are grateful to these industry leaders for addressing the very real problem of the workforce skills gap facing the construction industry,” said Scott Shelar, Chief Executive Officer and President of CEFGA. “This watershed funding effort will make a significant impact on students across the state, while simultaneously helping industry partners see tangible results as more skilled professionals join the workforce.”

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Success Stories

Alex Shade

A year removed from high school, Gold Mech apprentice Alex Shade is loving every minute of his on-the-job training.

Alex Shade

Alex Shade didn’t plan to have a career in the construction industry. Like many high school students, he just assumed he would attend college, then figure out what to do next. But entering a high school welding program changed the course of his young life.

From the time he was introduced to the skilled professions at Marion E. Barnes Career Center to his graduation from Cross Creek High School in May 2019, he had secured a paid apprenticeship with Gold Mech, a full-service mechanical contractor.

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Courtney Moser

Thomson High School teacher Courtney Moser draws on a wealth of experience as she builds the school’s new welding program.

Courtney Moser

At an age when many young people are still trying to figure out what they want to do in life, Courtney Moser has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in the field of welding: graduate of Maxwell High School of Technology, SkillsUSA State Champion; Tulsa Welding School graduate; two years of on-the-job experience with Kubota Industrial Equipment. Now, as a Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Teacher at Thomson High School in Gwinnett County, she’s building a welding program from the ground up and giving students a vision of the rewarding career this in-demand skill offers.

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Evan Magee

Holder Construction Field Coordinator Evan Magee embraced a full-time industry career right out of high school.

Evan Magee

Evan Magee tried out his career with work-based learning, so when he walked off the stage with his high school diploma, he had no doubt about where his next steps would take him. A full-time position with Atlanta’s Holder Construction Company awaited, and Evan, a 2018 graduate of Kennesaw Mountain High, would dive right into it the very next week.

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Programs Map

KEY:

Architecture Drawing & Design Program


Construction Program
(Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Masonry, HVAC)


Metals Program
(Welding and Sheet Metal)

CEFGA Certified Programs

Architechture

Chapel Hill High School, Douglas County
East Paulding High School, Paulding County
Kendrick High School, Muscogee County
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Catoosa County
Marietta High School, Cobb County
North Cobb High School, Cobb County
Union Grove High School, Henry County
Jordan Vocational High School , Muscogee County
Northside High School (Columbus), Muscogee County

Construction

Berkmar High School, Gwinnett County
Burke County High School, Burke County
Camden County High School, Camden County
Chestatee High School, Hall County
Crisp County High School, Crisp County
East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Jackson County
East Laurens High School, Laurens County
Evans High School, Columbia County
Franklin County High School, Franklin County
Hardaway High School, Muscogee County
Jones County High School, Jones County
Jordan Vocational High School, Muscogee County
Lee High School 9th Grade Campus, Lee County
Madison County High School, Madison County
Maxwell School of Technology, Gwinnett County
Murray County High School, Murray County
North Paulding High School, Paulding County
Shaw High School, Muscogee County
South Paulding High School, Paulding County
Statesboro High School, Bulloch County
Washington County High School, Washington County
West Laurens High School, Laurens County

Metals

Camden County High School, Camden County
Chattooga High School, Chattooga County
Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, Floyd County
Franklin County High School, Franklin County
Grovetown High School, Columbia County
Maxwell School of Technology, Gwinnett County
Thomas County Central High School, Thomas County
Union County High School, Union County
White County High School, White County

What does it take to become a CEFGA certified program?

For more information about K12 Pipeline, visit to cefga.org/k12-pipeline or contact the K12 team for details.

CEFGA Offers Online Construction Education and Job Placement for Georgia High School Students

When COVID-19 forced millions of Americans into stay-at-home mode this spring, organizations had to adapt and find new ways to pursue their mission. For CEFGA, one creative approach was to help deliver virtual training tools and certification programs for teachers across the state.

Online education included the OSHA 10-Hour safety training program, Ladder Safety and NCCERConnect (with Pearson), all offered at no cost. Students also had the opportunity to learn about construction careers via online virtual tours of construction careers and projects.

“The OSHA-10 credential [provided by CEFGA] is more impactful because of the industry recognition behind [it],” said Dennis Wilson, a construction teacher at Gilmer County High School. “The big win is that my students will come out of this school year with a credential that will help them make more money with employers.”

Another of CEFGA’s new digital initiatives is helping educate students on career options and working to place them directly into jobs at leading construction companies. High school students interested in construction careers are invited to request an application via text message (text Careerpath to 31996); a CEFGA team member then follows up with information on advanced training, apprenticeships and even job placement.

By partnering with CareerSafe, CEFGA is helping deliver a free five-hour Employability Training course, which trains students on resume building, interviewing strategies and other professional skills.

K12 Pipeline Online

K12 Pipeline Virtual Interview

Educator Quotes

My students and I have been given unbelievable support from CEFGA, not only in these tough times, but every time we need assistance. It is changing lives. I appreciate their eagerness to help educate and to provide meaningful resources for my students. Together we can build a workforce of amazing strength!

Mark Adams, Metals Instructor, White County High School

Atlanta Public Schools is very eager to support the industry needs in our community by developing partnerships and creating a K12 pipeline to careers in Construction. The CEFGA team has been incredibly supportive by taking the time to understand our needs and concerns and helping us troubleshoot to lower barriers. The students of APS deserve the opportunity to be exposed to high-skill, high-wage, in-demand career opportunities in their own communities and CEFGA has been vital in supporting us to making that a reality!

Dwionne Freeman, CTAE Director, Atlanta Public Schools

With all the uncertainty and angst about school opening and what that may look like, we have a bright spot on the horizon and something for which to look forward! Expanding our partnership with CEFGA to offer a construction class for all of our 5th graders – 150 students – is an amazing opportunity and we couldn’t be more excited to start something positive at a time when so much has been altered or cancelled.

Stacy Perlman, Principal, Mountain Park Elementary School

New CEFGA Instagram and Facebook Live Series Educates Students about Construction Careers

Instagram Live CEFGA hosted a series of Instagram Live and Facebook Live discussions in June and July and is scheduled to continue them throughout September. These discussions are all designed to educate students about career opportunities in the construction industry. The weekly sessions (@CEFGA_jobs on Instagram and Facebook Live on the CEFGA Facebook page) covered topics such as career options, trade schools, industry training, and truths and misconceptions about careers in the skilled trades.

The sessions on both platforms were hosted by Kayleen McCabe, contractor and host of “Rescue Renovation” on the DIY Network, along with CEFGA President and CEO Scott Shelar. The two spoke with students, industry leaders and employers about their experiences and insights around the skilled trades.

“Even during this pandemic, the construction industry is still strong,” Shelar said. “But for years, businesses have had trouble hiring trained workers, leading to a skilled labor gap in the U.S. These new sessions are an opportunity for young people to hear from industry leaders about how we can close the skilled labor gap by giving them the information they need to enter the skilled trade workforce.”

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CEFGA Honors 110 Instructors with Construction Workforce Impact Awards

CEFGA has honored 110 construction and metals teachers throughout Georgia with Construction Workforce Impact Awards. Delivered in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, the new Impact Awards program is designed to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to thrive in construction education and careers. The program honors the front-line contributions of teachers who are instrumental in preparing students for careers in the skilled trades.

CEFGA staff recently made program highlight visits to five of the top-15 award winners for their work in prioritizing and implementing workforce best-practices. During the visits, CEO Scott Shelar surprised each with a physical check handoff. Award winners were ranked with a quantitative score based on metrics in four key areas: Industry Certification of their Program, Industry Credentialing, Industry Exposure, and Industry Career Path Placements including Work-Based Learning and part-time employment in the construction industry.

Charles Kachmar of Gwinnett County’s Maxwell High School of Technology received the top prize of $10,000. Kachmar—along with Jake Slusher of Madison County High School (5th place), Patrick Mahaffey of Berkmar High School (6th), Ben Lowe of Jackson High School (7th) and Jim Steel of Harris County High School (13th)—will be the subject of an upcoming video presentation discussing their programs, student impacts, and best practices.

The Impact Award is part of CEFGA’s new “Introducing the Next Generation to the Skilled Trades” initiative supported by The Marcus Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and the Georgia Department of Education.

Notable metrics achieved with the support and collaboration of construction programs across the state are:

  • 42 construction programs in Georgia are currently certified, with 15 more in-progress to obtain industry certification;
  • 3,795 verified industry credentials have been earned by students;
  • 12,436 student exposures to the skilled trades have been recorded;
  • 578 students have been verified as pursuing a career path in construction.
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Industry Quotes

CEFGA’s K12 Pipeline and CareerExpo are two very important programs that are exposing young Georgians to the wide world of construction. Not only are they exposing students to our industry, CEFGA is helping to connect them to internships, Work-Based Learning opportunities and career-ready positions right out of high school.

Jeremy Whitaker, Recruitment & Development Manager, C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.

I’ve seen a mindset change toward the positive for our industry. I’ve started to see a difference … [especially with] teachers and counselors being a lot more open to the trades as a career.

Rod Owen, President, C.C. Owen Tile Company

Through the collaborative efforts of CEFGA, construction trade associations such as AGCGA, and construction companies and their vendors, the work over the last few years is paying off for students, schools, communities and our industry. My experience working with these construction programs is more gratifying than I could have ever imagined. It gives me hope for the quality of future leaders in our industry.

Jennifer W. Horton, President, Collins and Arnold Construction Company

Georgia CTAE Delivers

By Barbara M. Wall
Director, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education

The mission for Georgia Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) is to educate Georgia’s future workforce by providing experiences for Georgia students that will prepare them for workplace success. Across every school district in Georgia, CTAE delivers for our state. CTAE is preparing students for postgraduation success by teaching employability skills and technical skills that are in demand now and will continue to be in the future.

CTAE is supporting businesses across all sectors, including construction, by training the next generation of talent graduating with credentials, cutting-edge skills, and work experience. Communities across Georgia are benefitting from the local talent pipelines that support existing businesses and economic development efforts.

To deliver the talent that Georgia employers need, CTAE realizes that employer partnerships are essential. As a matter of fact, employer partnerships are one of Georgia’s CTAE core values. Georgia is one of the top places to do business in the country, with quality employers in every career cluster. Georgia CTAE takes advantage of this fact and builds relationships so that employers are deeply involved in the educational system through CTAE. By creating win-win partnerships, we can better align pathways to meet both student and industry needs.

CEFGA is one of CTAE’s win-win partnerships. Together we work to deliver expanded work-based learning opportunities for our students in construction fields. We deliver opportunities for school counselors and CTAE educators to learn more about careers in construction by sponsoring programs like Trade Talks and providing industry externships. Many student success stories are created with this win-win partnership. One example of a student success story is Kennesaw Mountain High graduate Evan Magee. Evan summarizes his work-based learning experience at Holder Construction by stating, “Being able to show up on time with an attitude that you are eager to learn and hungry for success is something that I learned in the CTAE program that has paid off huge for me in my career.”

Delivering real workforce ready skills for future Georgia employees is much more realistic with strong education/employer partnerships like Georgia CTAE and CEFGA.

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