AGC of East Tennessee works with students of all ages to get them on a path to success, whether that’s in a classroom or through hands-on training.
Construction Career Center
AGC East Tennessee led the effort to launch a new vocational school for the construction trades in Hamilton County. The $10 million school is now open to 11th and 12th-grade high school students, and adult learners in Chatt State’s TCAT program. At capacity, the CCC will train 200 students each year with a goal of 100% placement of graduating students in a job or continuing education.
NCCER Master Trainer
AGC East Tennessee believes that the construction curriculm taught in high schools and community colleges should be consistent and top-notch. That’s why AGC is the master trainer for the NCCER curriculm (National Center for Construction Education and Research), training instructors each year across the region. AGC also actively encourages school systems to use NCCER as a part of their curriculum.
In Hamilton County, students in 8th grade decide which high school career institute they would like to attend. So we know we need to start reaching out to students as early as 5th grade to start talking about careers in construction. We work with schools and community groups to offer field trips, experiential projects, touch-a-truck programs, and other fun outreach to get kids excited about the field of construction.
Our members serve in many ways to connect with students at the high school level: mentors, guest speakers, hands-on instruction, job site visits, teacher externships, and more. AGC also serves on several high school advisory boards to help guide teachers with curriculum and projects that lead to job placement. Hamilton County Schools has several schools with “Future Ready” construction career-focused academies starting in 9th grade, and we proudly support their efforts:
East Ridge High: Institute of Building Construction
Harrison Bay High: Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Construction
The Howard School: Institute of Architecture and Construction
Sale Creek High: Institute of Construction, Engineering, and Design
After High School
Our members make it a priority to invest in construction programs at universities and community colleges. AGC East Tennessee helped fund and launch the Construction Management program at UTC and Chattanooga State, and paid for the construction of Chatt State’s impressive, new construction lab. We’ve allotted more than $600K in scholarships to college students, and give special attention to the students in the AGC Student Chapters.