Join Kayleen McCabe, contractor and host of DYI Network’s “Rescue Renovation,” live each Tuesday at noon on CEFGA’s Facebook Page, for discussions with a variety of industry leaders.

If you are interested in being a guest on our Facebook Live event, click here.

Upcoming Events

August 3: Students return to school; no live session this week.

August 10: Mike Plant, COO, Braves & the Battery Construction Project. Learn what it took to build the Battery in 36 months with eight general contractors.

August 17: Tyler Campbell, the Construction Brothers Podcast. Join Tyler, who with his brother Eddie, is a sixth-generation builder who loves construction, architecture, engineering, technology and the trades. He will discuss their podcast, which features trade professionals sharing insights on what a career in the trades is really like.

August 24: Be Pro Be Proud Fall Kickoff.

August 31: Kayleen’s Favorite Things. Kayleen will discuss some of her favorite things with special guests including Warson Brands, Kreg Tools and more. We will also give away a special gift from each vendor to our viewers.

Past Events

Previous 2021 events are presented below; for 2020 events, visit our archive page.

July 27: Kayleen speaks with Stacy Perlman, Principal of Mountain Park Elementary School, and Clint Pruitt, Construction Instructor, about the innovative construction class the school launched for 5th graders in 2020-21. The kids love it and there is a ton of interest around the program, which lays the groundwork for students ultimately to enter a high school-level program when they reach that age. Learn why having a school construction program is essential, and how to implement this valuable pathway into your schools!

July 20:
Talking Skilled Trades with Roger Wakefield, “The Expert Plumber.” Kayleen talks with renowned YouTuber Roger Wakefield, aka The Expert Plumber, about careers in the skilled trades. Roger isn’t just Richardson, Texas’ favorite plumber, he’s America’s favorite plumber, known for his line, “looks great and smells good!” which originated from his winning video in American Standard’s 2016 Plumber Know How contest, in which Roger was chosen as The Next Expert Plumber.

Roger is a Texas Master Plumber and an entertaining online video creator. He also teaches plumbing and is passionate about green building and water conservation. He considers becoming a LEED AP in 2009 as a major accomplishment in his plumbing career, as very few plumbers received that certification. Follow him on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram (@_Rogerwakefield)

July 13:
LIVE with Kayleen at Camp NAWIC San Diego. Kayleen talks to Brett Henderson, past president of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) about the camp and the upcoming NAWIC annual conference, then interviews some of the lucky girls attending this amazing event in San Diego.

Note: This week’s installment of Lunchtime with Kayleen includes two video segments, both of which are presented below.


June 29: KickAss Career. KickAss Life. Jamie McMillan, head of Kickass Careers, talks to Kayleen about how her organization engages, educates and encourages youth to consider careers in Mechanical, Industrial, Technology & Construction (MITC) through school and community outreach. Meet the Kickass Career Ambassadors at, and view videos and blog posts with Jamie at

June 22: 
LIVE with Two of Atlanta’s Leading Recruiters. Live from CEFGA Headquarters, Kayleen talks to Jeremy Whitaker, Recruiter for C.W. Matthews, and Daron Allen, Recruiter for McKenney’s, about getting started on a career path in the construction industry.

June 15:
The Key to Success – Connecting Local Employers with Qualified Employees. Kayleen talks to Edwin Parra of Anning-Johnson Company, an 80-year-old construction company with offices throughout the U.S. In Atlanta, the company has built some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including Coca Cola’s world headquarters, One Atlantic Center and Philips Arena (now State Farm Arena). Kayleen and Edwin discuss hiring in the construction industry and what he looks for in a potential employee. She also talks with Nicholas Holmes, a graduate of CEFGA’s Construction Ready training program who has forged a successful career with Anning-Johnson since joining the company in 2014.

June 8:
Welding Jobs Are an Untapped Gold Mine. Kayleen McCabe met with Rachel Lee, Student Liaison and executive member of the American Welding Society, and Tom Rieger, Vice Chair of AWS and Instructor at Lanier Technical College, about careers specializing in this in-demand skill. Advancing the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide – this is AWS’s mission. Whether you’re interested in membership, certification, advanced training, updated standards, conferences, professional collaborations or the many exciting career opportunities in welding today, AWS can help you start a career path to welding or help you advance in the welding industry. Learn more at

May 25: 
Construction Ready: Trained, Credentialed, Ready to Work. Kayleen speaks today with Veda White from CEFGA’s own Construction Ready program, which has trained and placed more than 1,000 graduates into full-time, living-wage careers with construction companies throughout Georgia since 2014. This nationally recognized program is an NCCER-accredited, four-week construction boot camp training and certification program. NCCER is recognized by the construction industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. If you are looking for a head start in construction, these are the credentials that will kickstart your career in construction. Classes are offered in Metro Atlanta, Cobb County, East Point, Gwinnett County, Augusta, Savannah and Macon. NEED MORE INFORMATION? Contact Veda White, CEFGA Associate Director, Student Success, at 678-832-6570 or, or go to

May 18:
Find Out Now: What Should You Do to Get Trained and Placed in a job You Love? Kayleen McCabe talks to Branka Minic, CEO of Building Talent Foundation. BTF works to bring together the creative energy, resources and efforts of builders, trade partners, suppliers and manufacturers, and all of our educational partners to rebuild our workforce. The pillar of BTF’s strategy is to engage with the students and the workforce, connect employers with the job seekers, and use technology at to continue to recruit partners and candidates. For more information, visit BTF’s website or contact us by texting careerpath to 31996.


May 11: Being a Star in Your Industry Is a Matter of Being Prepared. This week Kayleen spoke with Dr. Tiffany Barney, Director of the Cobb Innovation & Technology Academy (CITA), and Sharon Mason, President & CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

CITA is a state-of-the-art Innovation & Technology Academy available to Cobb County residents. Qualified applicants can learn more at or by emailing Sharon Mason works closely with CITA to help place students with employers after graduation. Learn more about job opportunities in Cobb County at

For more information on building a career pathway in the skilled trades, text careerpath to 31996.


May 4: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Association for Career & Technical Education. Kayleen talks with Alisha Hyslop, Senior Director, Public Policy, about the ACTE ( and its efforts to help educators be prepared to help students with career readiness. Learn about what ACTE can assist with right here.

Students can use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school at See this article to learn more about the innovation needed to fill the skills gap.

April 27:
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Guest: Doug King
For More Information: Visit; email

April 20:
McCarthy Building Company
Guest: Greg Willingham
For More Information: Visit

April 13:
Advantages of a Technical College Education
Jason Strickland, Technical College System of Georgia
For More Information: Visit

April 6:
Ready, Set, Skilled
Guest: Kate Cinnamo, Explore the Trades
For More Information: Visit

March 30:
Careers in Architecture
Greg Walker, Houser Walker Architecture
For More Information: Visit

March 23:
Contractors, Closers & Connections
Guest: Chris Maier, Cooper & Co. Construction
For More Information: Visit

March 16: 
Construction Ready Expands Beyond Atlanta
Guest: Van Johnson, Mayor of Savannah
For More Information: Visit

March 9: 
Women in Construction Week
Guest: Brett Henderson, NAWIC Atlanta
For More Information: Visit; email

March 2:
Helping Young Women Power UP for Careers in Construction
Guest: Mittie Cannon, Power UP Inc. and Jay Reed, Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama
For More Information: Visit; email

February 23: 
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Guest: Tae Kang, Program Manager, Harbor Freight Prize for Teaching Excellence
For More Information: Visit Applications for the Tools for Schools Contest are accepted from March 24-May 21.

February 16: 
A Sneak Peak into CEFGA’s Webinar for Parents and Students
Guest: Bob Bradley, Mechanical Contractors Association; Tim Elliott, GA Department of Education; Chuck Little, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
For More Information:
Email or text careerpath to 31996.


February 9: Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities for Georgia Students
Guest: Brad Byant, Vice President, REACH Georgia
For More Information: Visit Georgia Futures, the Georgia Student Finance Commission and REACH Georgia

February 2: 
CEFGA’s Construction Ready Program
Guest: Veda White, Associate Director, Student Success
For More Information: Learn about Construction Ready classes here; learn how to hire Construction Ready graduates here; email Veda White,


January 26: Building Success through Partnerships
Angela Sparks, Marietta City Schools CTAE Advisor
For More Information: Visit; text careerpath to 31996

January 19: 
Transitioning from High School to College or the Job Market
Guest: Brandi Beavers, Dekalb County Post-Secondary Support Specialist
For More Information: Email Brandi Beavers

January 12:
 2021 Education Update
Guests: Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of CTAE, U.S. Department of Education, and Chelle Travis, Executive Director, SkillsUSA
For More Information: See resources listed in Chat


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