CareerExpo to hit Atlanta March 17-18, 2011

Michelle Dunham, with GTRI, discusses safety with CareerExpo participants

For several years now, Georgia Tech Research Institute has had to pleasure of participating in the annual CEFGA CareerEXPO. Each year, safety and health professionals have provided students attending the event with safety and health briefings prior to entering the event focused on promoting careers in the construction industry. This year, we are excited to be able to not only provide safety briefings for the event participants, but we will also be introducing the new theme for this year's event during a job-site orientation: Design It, Green It, Build It, Energize It, and Operate It.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Mitch Leff,, (404) 861-4769

March 17-18: 5,000 Georgia Students Learn About Careers in Construction, Design, and Energy at CareerExpo in Atlanta

Construction Education Foundation of Georgia Event Connects Students to Employers and Post-Secondary Training and Education Programs

ATLANTA, February 9, 2011 – The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) will hold its 7th annual CareerExpo March 17-18, 2011 at the Georgia International Convention Center (2000 Convention Center Concourse). More than 5,000 students from across Georgia will attend the event, the state’s largest youth workforce development event for the construction industry. Students will explore interactive exhibits that demonstrate the scope of the industry and learn about specific career paths by meeting building professionals, trade association representatives and educators from hundreds of organizations across the state including Turner Construction, Perkins + Will, Georgia Power, Georgia Tech, the U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter and many more.

The 2011 Expo will simulate the construction of Arabia Mountain High School, Georgia’s first LEED-Silver public high school. The sights, sounds, and equipment of a real construction site will make the Expo an interactive educational experience. “Our goal is to encourage students to explore and pursue careers in construction, design, and energy,” said Scott Shelar, executive director of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA).

From designing the school and preparing the site, to constructing and powering the building, students will be invited to participate in the processes and activities critical to delivering a safe, high-quality project. Special emphasis will be placed on green building and safety.

The CareerExpo covers an area the size of six football fields, divided into five distinct areas:

1. Design It: Learn about smart design and technology, including Building Information Modeling

2. Green It: Discover how choices in design, material selection, and construction impact the environment and operating efficiencies

3. Build It: See how Arabia Mountain was built. Step-by-step, students will learn about the trades, professions, tools and technology necessary to turn a plan into a building.

4. Energize It: Understand how the lights actually switch on. Explore how energy is created, transmitted, and distributed.

5. Operate It: Find out how to maximize efficiencies in day-to-day building operations through technology and behavior. “Through hands-on activities at the CareerExpo, the students will learn about specific careers and understand the skills, education, and training necessary for employment in the construction industry,” said Theresa Schroeder of Turner Construction Company.

Who Will Attend:

  • More than 5,000 middle, high school and college students from across Georgia.
  • Professionals from more than 300 companies.
  • Teachers from 180 high school construction training programs and 27 technical colleges.
  • Representatives from technical college, university, and apprenticeship programs.


In conjunction with the CareerExpo, 2,000+ high school and technical college students from across the state will compete in more than 100 leadership and skills competitions at the 2011 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference.

CareerExpo Participants

Participating Companies and Organizations: Turner Construction Co., Brasfield & Gorrie, Holder Construction Co., Perkins + Will, New South Construction, PCL Industrial Construction Co., Pyramid Masonry, ABC of Georgia, Georgia Branch, AGC, GUCA, Goodman, Independent Electrical Contractors, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, Masonry Association of Georgia, American Institute of Architects, Georgia Power, Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium, OSHA, U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter, Technical College System of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic and Georgia Tech. More information online at