The recent Construction Education Foundation of Georgia annual career expo at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park attracted more than 5,000 students including those from Union Grove High School in McDonough and Tri-Cities High School in East Point.

According to a news release, the event is the state’s largest youth workforce development event for the construction industry.

The students explored interactive exhibits and learned about career paths.

“Attendees experienced the sights and sounds of a real construction site,” the release stated.

The March 22 to 23 event also attracted 1,400 industry volunteers, educators, exhibitors and other guests.

“Our goal is to encourage students to explore and pursue careers in construction, design and energy,” foundation President and CEO Scott Shelar said in a statement.

Entities represented included the Holder Construction Co., The Home Depot, Georgia Power, Associated General Contractors of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.

The career expo is an effort to close the skills gap in today’s workforce, the release stated.

For every five workers who retire from a skilled trade career, only one apprentice is trained to fill the position.

Next year in Georgia, an additional 61,000 workers will be needed to fill planned jobs in the construction industry.

Information: www.cefga.org

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