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Riverwood Students Attend 2019 CEFGA Career Expo

With funding from the Riverwood Foundation, more than 35 students attended the 2019 Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) Career Expo. Held at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, the Riverwood group represented a diverse mix of classes. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Business, Foundations of Engineering, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students, along with English as a Second Language (ESOL) students, joined nearly 6,000 middle school, high school, and college students at the expo. The convention center was swarming with approximately 1,500 industry volunteers and exhibitors ready to share their skills and expertise. Scott Kent, a Riverwood Assistant Principal who serves on the Foundation Board said, “This field trip exposed our students to experiential learning opportunities where they were able to see the application of their classwork.”

 The Career Expo links thousands of students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, mining, and more. 

The Riverwood group networked with company and industry representatives, learned more about careers, and had fun with the interactive displays. Of the 17 industry “Worlds” at the convention, students explored industry disciplines such as safety, highway construction, electrical contracting, energy, drywall, tile, roofing, and more.   

Rising senior and AVID/IB Business Student Alfredo Hernandez observed, The career fair expo was a very interesting place that exposed us to new experiences. The expo was amazing because I related my career passion to many of the companies there. I also learned that many things can go together. For example, companies in the mining/geology area also work with engineering and landscaping companies.  Each location had different ways to give us the daily experience of what it’s like to work in that field.”  

Next year, the 2020 CEFGA Career Expo is moving to the Georgia World Congress Center to make room for the growing interest in the 15 year old event. Riverwood’s Career Tech Department Chair and IB Business teacher Michelle Finley coordinated this year’s field trip and plans to make this an annual event. Finley commented, “The career expo was an outstanding chance for students who might not be interested in college to gain first-hand knowledge of different industries where a substantial income could be earned immediately. We look forward to taking even more students next year.”

 

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