100 Percent of Students Matched with Jobs in the Construction and Skilled Trades Workforce
CEFGA has graduated its first Construction Ready class – 13 students – in Augusta. The program, which takes Georgians through a free 20-day construction education program that ends with training, credentialing and job placement, expanded into the Augusta region in May 2021, with training held at Augusta Technical College.
“We were excited to expand the Construction Ready program into Augusta and are delighted to celebrate the graduation of these 13 class participants,” said CEFGA President and CEO Scott Shelar. “There are many construction jobs open in the Augusta region and we need local residents trained and certified to fill those positions.”
Nicholas Morris, who was matched with a job with Ameritech Facilities Services, said, “The Construction Ready training has given me the skills and confidence to start my career in the skilled trades. I’m ready to get started with Ameritech next week.”
The expansion into the Augusta region is part of a major growth of the program across Georgia, financed in part by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund (a part of the CARES Act). In August 2020, Governor Kemp announced CEFGA was selected to receive $3.3 million to expand the Construction Ready program. The GEER funding supports broadband and connectivity extensions, mental health services, workforce training, childcare, and tech innovation.
“The City of Augusta is proud to be the next area of expansion and investment for the Construction Ready program,” said Mayor Hardie Davis. “Being able to bring training and jobs to our region is extremely important when the overall employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. A career as a construction worker offers good pay and a high likelihood of finding and maintaining employment. The Construction Ready program allows us to address the workforce skills gap and put people to work.”
“Augusta Technical College is honored to partner with the City of Augusta and CEFGA to host the Construction Ready training on our campus,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, President of Augusta Technical College. “The college is also committed to offering participants access to complimentary programs of study that will enhance their career trajectory in the construction industry.”
Since 2014, CEFGA through the Construction Ready program has trained more than 1,000 workers of all ages for a successful career in construction. Successes of the program include:
- 97% job placement by end of training
- Average starting salary of $12-15/hour
- 70% of participants employed with same company one year later
The goal of the Construction Ready program is to help close the workforce skills gap. The lack of skilled workers is also a problem in Georgia as a shortage of more than 61,000 workers was reported in 2019. The shortage has continued through the pandemic. Closing this skills gap by educating more Georgians about careers in the skilled professions is CEFGA’s primary goal.
“It’s great to see CEFGA allocating Georgia’s GEER funding so quickly in Augusta as part of the Construction Ready program,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “These are challenging times for our state, but we will continue to work around the clock to support our students and teachers, improve outcomes, and get hardworking Georgians back to work.”
For more information and to register for the next Augusta class, applicants should visit visit this page.
Augusta Construction Ready Class 1, Student and Company Matches
- Terance Pearson, Macuch Steel
- Nicholas Morris, Ameritech Facility Services
- Andre Benton, Macuch Steel
- Eddie Files, Yancey Brothers Construction
- Troy Greaves, Reeves Construction
- Tywain Ivery, Ameritech Facility Services
- Nygeria Jordan, Allen+Batchelor Construction
- Keondra McBride, Ameritech Facility Services
- Colby Taylor, Ameritech Facility Services
- Georgene Tolbert, Ameritech Facility Services
- Carrie White, Yancey Brothers Construction
- Taren White, Reeves Construction
- William Wilcher, Allen+Batchelor Construction