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Construction Ready Honors

To recognize and celebrate individuals and companies who are making a difference in the industry's fight to find and develop craft professionals, CEFGA hosted the First Annual Craft Pro Champions Awards Breakfast on August 8, 2019. More than 70 industry professionals attended the event, which honored 12 individuals and companies as Georgia's best construction field-level employees and employers.

The Craft Pro Champions Awards were created out of a partnership between CEFGA and Atlanta CareerRise, who together pursued and won the Job Quality Initiative Grant offered by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

"We're so happy to be here today to applaud you and celebrate the successes you've had in making this work happen," John Helton, executive director of Atlanta CareerRise, said. He praised the honorees for working "to create better jobs, to retain employees so that your companies are more profitable, and also to make it easier for people to get ahead and do better for themselves and their families."

Of the three individuals awarded the Construction Ready Graduate of the Year accolade, two were from the Construction Ready Cobb program. They were recognized for not only being employed with their company at least two years but also excelling, advancing and thriving in the construction industry. As of August 2019, 961 students had graduated from Construction Ready since the program's inception in 2014.

Cobb Graduates of the Year:

LANRAY BAKARE, Build Cobb Group 6; Senior Project Coordinator, Vankirk Electric
LANRAY BAKARE, Build Cobb Group 6; Senior Project Coordinator, Vankirk Electric
TRAYAN TONKOV, Build Cobb Group 1; Repair and Restoration Foreman, Precision Concrete Construction
TRAYAN TONKOV, Build Cobb Group 1; Repair and Restoration Foreman, Precision Concrete Construction