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Education News

This past year GUCA members and staff participated in several activities promoting utility contracting careers in construction. This is a major endeavor since we are constantly trying to educate our future workforce about careers in utility construction. Why is this important? Your next backhoe operator may just come from your involvement!

Trade Five

GUCA staff continues to be involved with the Governor’s Advisory Board and we have been a part of the decision making from day one! Follow the link below to view the Trade Five website and sign up as a Participating Sponsor (it’s free!)

Trade Five

Veteran's Employment Center (VEC)

Hire a Vet Today!

The Veterans Employment Centerâ„¢ (VEC) connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career-development opportunities. Below are resources and tools for both job seekers and employers.

Visit VEC Website for More Information

House Bill 402 Passes

Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 402 which offers participating businesses willing to take on high school students as interns a discount of up to 5% on their total workers' compensation insurance premiums. Work-based learning programs allow students aged 16 and older to particpate in a structured learning environment at the employer's jobsite.

Visit Georgia General Assembly for a Complete Copy of the Bill

Workforce Development:

Westside Works

The Arthur Blank Family Foundation established Westside Works earlier this year in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Integrity CDC. This four week program puts pre-screened individuals through the NCCER Core Curriculum, OSHA 10hr, & CPR / First Aid courses with students being assessed at the completion of each stage. You will get the opportunity to meet each graduate, conduct an interview and possibly hire them on the spot! Many GUCA members have taken advantage of this boots on the ground training pool!

Westside Works

Department of Workforce Development

Georgia gets federal funding to help industries and persons who are underemployed, (concentrating on veterans) find work. Money is used to help train and mentor the future workforce. Emphasis is placed on the displaced, underemployed, and those that have a military background. They are always looking for local companies to partner with them in each area. Follow the link below to learn more.They have a reimbursement program for employers offering on the job training for the targeted employee pool.

Workforce Initiative Act


Join the hundreds of companies and volunteers who participated in the biggest student and construction teacher trade show in Georgia. Each industry has their own “World of Construction.” If you have never visited then let 2016 be the year you get involved. Follow the links below for more information about the 2017 CEFGA CareerExpo. Dates are March 13-24, 2017.

GUCA’s own Past President Ed Shipley, RDJE, Inc. found an up and coming backhoe operator at the 2014 CareerExpo.

CEFGA - Offical Website

CEFGA Volunteer and Sponsorship Form

CEFGA CareerExpo '17 Video Promo

CEFGA CareerExpo Pictures

GUCA Hosts Students at Plant Vogtle

26 students from Burke County High School attended the jobsite tour of The Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle. Students got an up close look at the different construction activities involved in building the Unit 3 and Unit 4 Nuclear Reactors. The construction of Units 3 and 4 is one of two nuclear power construction projects in the United States in more than 30 years. C.A. Murren & Sons Company hosted the event and shared real world advisors and opportunities for students.

Career Fairs: GUCA Visits High Schools in Georgia

GUCA staff and members take part in Career Fairs across Georgia each year. High School Career Fairs held include:
Berkmar High School
Newton College and Career Academy
Henry County Career Academy

Early Education: GUCA Visits Elementary School Students

GUCA staff Billy Townsend reads the “Safe Each Day” coloring book to 160 Elementary Students from Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. Talking with students at an early age about construction and safety helps plant the seed for careers and responsibilities in the construction industry.

College Scholarships

GUCA awarded scholarships to two construction management students at four-year higher education institutions in Georgia. The association has awarded more than $156,400 in scholarships since 1995. The GUCA Education Committee awarded $4,000.00 in scholarships to area college students at the GUCA Fall Quarterly Meeting and Trade Show on Thursday, October 23, 2016 at The Loudermilk Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Kennesaw State University student Cara Lea Black,and Georgia Soutehrn University student, Jonathan Saul, were chosen as the scholarship recipients.


Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Deparment of Corrections Transitional Centers