Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta provided Tri-Cities High School ninth grade students the opportunity to learn different aspects of the architecture and construction industry during the 2014 Career Expo held on March 13, 2014 in the Georgia International Convention Center.
Sponsored by CEFGA, the program identifies existing resources and provides a comprehensive workforce initiative by training individuals within the construction field.
As the largest event in CEFGA history, more than 5,000 students received training from skilled craftsmen, engineers and contractors within the construction and architecture industry.
Through hands-on training and personal mentoring, the students were immersed in the various demands and requirements of working within their chosen field, including carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding and tile-setting. Within the interactive learning environment, students were not only indoctrinated with the various opportunities presented to them at the Career Expo, but they also learned different aspects within each field and demands and skills required to work within their chosen specialty.
According to CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator La’Vonna Taylor, the students were eager to learn. Tri-Cities student Fatai Owens-Etiko was able to operate heavy machinery from an expert excavationist after only 15 minutes of instruction.
Tri-Cities were among several schools within metro-Atlanta that participated in this event.
Overall, the 2014 Career Expo was a successful experience for the students and provided new career possibilities within the construction and engineering industry.
Included below are photos taken at the event, along with a video of some of the students operating the construction equipment.
Please visit CEFGA.org
to learn more about the event.