ATLANTA, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) is hosting its 2018 CareerExpo at the Georgia International Convention Center on March 22-23. The CareerExpo promotes construction as a career path to Georgia students. The non-profit organization partnered with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) to secure construction firms willing to hire students for internship opportunities this summer. In addition, these two organizations partnered with YouScience to uncover high school students throughout the state with the ability for careers in the construction industry.
At the CareerExpo, 41 Georgia-based employers will have more than 200 internship positions available to students that have demonstrated the aptitude and interest for careers in the construction industry from their YouScience Profile results.
"It's exciting to have an opportunity to make a positive impact on so many young people by opening the door to real work experience," said Scott Shelar, President of CEFGA. "We look forward to using YouScience data to discover students who are best-fit to excel in the construction industry. Coupled with our K12 Pipeline work and AGC Georgia, who has been fantastic in securing positions at numerous construction firms across the state, this is a life-changing opportunity for high school students in Georgia."
The CareerExpo consists of interactive experiences that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials in order to tap into their unique skills and interests. The event also features the SkillsUSA State Championships, a competition that invites students to showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. More than 7,500 people attended the event in 2017.
Unlike traditional self-reported, interest-based career tools, YouScience is the only system that employs decades of rigorous scientific research to measure students' aptitudes through a series of engaging 'brain games.' The YouScience patent-pending technology combines cutting-edge matching algorithms with the most reliable and comprehensive career data, providing each student with a highly-personalized online profile that highlights the intersection of their unique talents, passions and opportunities.
"The YouScience data demonstrates that these students have the talent to fill the workforce needs for Georgia's thriving construction industry," said Mike Dunham, CEO of AGC Georgia. "AGC Georgia wants to encourage those students by offering construction summer internships with a local construction firm. By engaging these students at a younger age, we are able to build their skill sets and lay a solid foundation for a solid career in our industry."
AGC Georgia is the leading, statewide trade association representing 550 of the top companies comprising the commercial construction industry in Georgia. The organization has placed an emphasis on workforce development for several years to keep pace with the State's growing needs for construction, and member firms are looking to hire high school students for work-based opportunities this summer.
The Georgia Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia partnered together to make YouScience available at no cost to every student attending public high school in the state of Georgia. A representative from the school, or its superintendent's office, simply needs to reach out to YouScience and request free access to the program.
YouScience is an engaging, online experience that is revolutionizing the way students and young adults make decisions about their education and career. By combining natural abilities, interests and career opportunities, YouScience is able to expand student's vision of their future and provide positive insight into their personal strengths. YouScience also gives educators and employers analytics to help guide student choices, and understand the pipeline of local talent. For more information, please visit www.YouScience.com.
About AGC Georgia
AGC Georgia is a professional trade association and the statewide Chapter affiliated with The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC of America). Member firms from around the state perform a majority of the public and private commercial construction work in Georgia and include over 550 of the top general contractors, residential/light commercial builders, construction managers, design-builders, municipal-utility contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers. AGC Georgia is one of 88 Chapters representing over 26,000 member firms nationwide. AGC of America is the largest and most respected construction trade association in the U.S. For more information, please visit our website at www.agcga.org.
CEFGA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, created in 1993 as the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia. We were founded by leading construction presidents and CEOs who recognized a need for quality construction skills training in Georgia. For more information about the organization or to register for CareerExpo, please visit www.cefga.org.