A COVID-19 Update from CEFGA
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
– Mister Rogers
At CEFGA, now more than ever, we are looking for ‘the helpers’ and finding ways to help them.
- We are working with high school construction teachers across the state to determine how best to train and credential Georgia’s students virtually. In partnership with CareerSafe and our generous donors, CEFGA is able to offer OSHA 10-Hour Training online and wallet cards to hundreds of students throughout the state.
- We are reaching out to Construction Ready Graduates to verify that they are still working; that they are safe and healthy; and if they have been laid off, to help them find a new employer. For example, we discovered that one of our graduates lost everything in a house fire. We are encouraging our associates and all of our friends to contribute to his Go Fund Me account here.
- Thanks to a generous gift from The United Way of Greater Atlanta, CEFGA was able to donate more than 300 N95 masks to healthcare workers at Kaiser-Permanente and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
To be sure, these are scary times. We are concerned, as is everyone, about the virus; its impact on our health and on our economy; its impact on CEFGA, our associates, our partners and our customers.
In response to the virus and based on direction from public health leaders, CEFGA canceled the second day of our annual CareerExpo and SkillsUSA Georgia Championships on March 13. It was the right decision, but a difficult one because we know how important this event is to so many young lives. As a result, hundreds of students did not compete in the SkillsUSA Georgia Championships and thousands did not have the opportunity to learn about careers in construction. In the end, it was the right decision, but not an easy one.
In addition, CEFGA made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend our life-changing Construction Ready Training Program. We are working with our Construction Ready partners to determine if and how Construction Ready can be delivered virtually, and when we can re-open our physical training sites. We will keep everyone posted on these important decisions.
In the short-term, Construction Ready staff will shift over and help our K12 Team figure out how to best serve our teachers and our high school students during these unprecedented times.
As long as we are able, we will keep most of our attention fixed on how we help others, especially our heroes – the health care workers, the skilled trade professionals, the construction companies that are building critical infrastructure, and the teachers who are training our future leaders.
Together, we will continue to look for the helpers and to work with the heroes. We know this is the way to ensure a better, brighter tomorrow.
All the best,
President & CEO, CEFGA