Connecting with Colleges and Universities
Connecting with colleges and universities is a great way to grow a strong workforce. GUCA promotes career fairs held at Georgia Southern University (GSU), Kennesaw State University (KSU), and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC). Participating in career fairs is a way to share with students the opportunities available in the utility construction industry.
GUCA provides opportunities for members to speak to construction students at participating colleges with construction degree programs. Examples included: the Georgia Southern University (GSU) 2020 Construction Student Guild Meeting. Members have the opportunity to inform students of the endless possibilities in utility construction as a viable career for graduating students.
GUCA member Ruby-Collins, Inc. and GUCA staff attended Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) General Construction and Construction Law classes. Students received first-hand knowledge of career opportunities in the utility construction industry. As a result, Ruby-Collins, Inc. hired a student who attended the KSU STEM Career Fair.
BRW Construction Group, LLC hired a summer intern who attended the GSU STEM Fair.
GUCA distributed resumes received during the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) STEM Fair. As a result, GUCA member Four Hats, Inc. hired an administrative assistant. David Garten stated, “Investing in and appropriately manning the Director of Workforce Development position, GUCA has added a viable and effective asset that provides solid return on investment to the members. GUCA employees took the time to listen to our company employment challenges and has been a great resource to help us connect to appropriate agencies to find potential applicants beyond what a recruiter would do. GUCA is one stop shop to connect to resources that we can use to build relationships to pipeline potential hires short and long term.”
Virtual College Career Fairs
In these changing times, colleges are currently transitioning from “in person” career fairs to virtual career fairs and online job postings. GUCA continues to find ways to assist GUCA contractor members with their workforce development needs.
Below is a list of Georgia colleges with construction programs. The links provided connect directly to the college’s employer resource page.
Each college has a different method of connecting their students to employers. Some require the employer to register on the college’s career management system. Access to this platform provides the employer with current career fair details and the ability to post open positions. Colleges that do not utilize a career management system provide information on their website of their process for connecting students to employers. Please access the links below for detailed information specific to the colleges in your area.
Athens Technical College
Atlanta Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College
Chattahoochee Technical College
Columbus Technical College
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Georgia Southern University
Gwinnett Technical College
Kennesaw State University
Ogeechee Technical College
Savannah Technical College
Southern Crescent Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College