For years, families living in the Augusta area have packed the James Brown Arena for College Night every Fall. This Spring, Columbia County is hosting their inaugural College and Career Expo.
Making a clear transition from high school to college can be a stressful time in any teens life and for their parents too. So after years of planning, Columbia County schools and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to make this exciting and stressful time a bit easier by helping families create a plan.
“So many people grow up, they start college, or they go to work, and they really don’t have a plan,” says Columbia County’s Board of Education Superintendenct, Dr. Sandra Carraway. “Because of that they don’t get to fulfill their dreams, sometimes as early as possible or sometimes ever. So our goal is to reach out to middle school and high school students to show them the wonderful opportunities they have in the workforce, but then also in colleges as well.”
Whether if college is not something your highschooler is planning on, the Chamber has arranged for over 60 business to be at the event to show students different career paths available– like apprenticeships.
“We have business here for those that might be interested in going directly into the workforce,” says President and CEO of Columbia County Chamber. “So, I think that we have alot that can be offered to a student no matter what their interest might be.”
There will be break out sessions for careers in manufacturing, healthcare, nuclear/energy, and cyber/IT.
The Columbia County College and Career Expo will be tomorrow night with doors opening at 5pm. The Expo will be free entry, but you are asked to pre-register either on the Chamber of Commerce’s website or at the door. Registration will enter you in for a chance to win a 500 dollar scholarship.