Work-Based Learning Program

To establish the next-generation workforce, Carroll Daniel has invested resources to create a comprehensive work-based learning (WBL) program that provides high school students from across the region the opportunity to gain real-world experience and exposure to careers in the construction industry.

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Work-Based Learning

WBL students get a strong taste of what it takes to succeed in the industry and to learn from mentors with old-fashioned know-how and through innovative technologies and building software. Through Carroll Daniel’s partnership with the regional schools’ WBL programs, students are able to explore different career paths in construction – a perk that leads to those individuals having the power to choose their professional path for the future based on their interests and talents.

“We create career paths that introduce young people to the industry early on,” Carroll Daniel President & CEO Brian Daniel says. “As stewards of our industry, we must help develop the skills, passion and work ethic needed to succeed. This is how we plan to keep our company, the industry and our communities thriving for the next 75 years. To succeed and grow, you have to keep building opportunities.”


Carroll Daniel WBL Student Career Pathways

Noah Clay
  • 2023: Gainesville High WBL
  • 2023: Carroll Daniel Apprentice
Kristen Wedegis
  • 2017: Chestatee High WBL
  • 2018: Full Time College Intern
  • 2022: Media Engineer
  • 2024: Digital Specialist
Mitch Beccue
  • 2018: Gainesville High WBL
  • 2019: Full Time Laborer
  • 2019: Carroll Daniel Apprentice
  • 2021: Full Time Assistant Superintendent
Edward Galo
  • 2018: Gainesville High WBL
  • 2019: Full Time Laborer
  • 2019: Carroll Daniel Apprentice
  • 2021: Full Time Assistant Superintendent

Northeast Georgia Skills Challenge

Every fall, Carroll Daniel Construction teams with Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) to host the Northeast Georgia Skills Challenge, a regional competition that allows high school students the opportunity to compete in skilled trade competitions for awards and technical training scholarships.

The annual event serves as the qualifier for five construction competitions that move on to compete at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership & Skills Conference (SLSC). The five core competition areas are Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, Plumbing, and Welding.

This year, we welcomed more than 200 student competitors from 19 regional schools who competed in 11 different trade categories ranging from blueprint reading to carpentry, cabinet making, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, masonry, welding and more. Along with the competitors in attendance, several hundred more students were on site as observers to learn about careers in construction. Local industry companies provide the volunteer judges for each of the skilled trades competitions. Beyond that, hundreds of influencers including state legislators, school superintendents, high school counselors, mayors, school board members, and leaders from the Department of Education and Technical College System of Georgia attend the event.

The Skills Challenge event provides an opportunity for high school students who are interested in construction trades to showcase what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it through competition. This event is also geared towards workforce development in Northeast Georgia and educating the students on the numerous career path opportunities within the construction industry.