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received a cash prize, which they donated to John F. Kennedy High School.

Career GPS Draws Huge Crowd The second CCAD event of the year

took place in Sacramento on September 24 and 25, 2014. Building on the success of previous years, the AGC CEF once again merged their annual Sacramento CCAD event with a much larger career explora- tion event — CareerGPS, hosted by Edu- cation for the Next Economy (NextEd). The event drew more than 7,000 students to Cal Expo in the state capitol. The students began their experience at

CareerGPS with a general session emceed by 107.9 The End and 106.5. The students also heard from an energetic Tony Magee from Aerojet. Magee, who was named Aerojet Rocketdyne’s STEM Education Outreach Director for all Aerojet Rocket- dyne sites, has served as project lead for Aerojet Rocketdyne University and as a lead engineer in the company. Students were then able to explore the

175 exhibits in four large exhibit halls which represented eight different indus- try sectors. Construction, engineering, and architecture were located in one hall that extended to a connecting parking lot. This year, the AGC CEF, Sacramento

Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation (SBRX), and North State Building Industry Association Founda-

Kiewit used models to demonstrate equipment operations.

tion (BIA) formalized their industrywide partnership with the overarching goal of working together to more effectively ad- dress construction workforce develop- ment needs in the greater Sacramento region. The efforts of the three associa- tions resulted in a collaborative partner- ship known as the Construction & Energy Sector Initiative. During CareerGPS, that new partnership sponsored the construc- tion, architecture and engineering indoor and outdoor exhibit building spaces.

The busy indoor and outdoor con-

struction exhibit areas had more than 30 exhibitors that offered career information from all areas of the industry. Many ex- hibitors grabbed the student’s attention with hands-on activities and equipment demonstrations. The apprenticeship alley, a new addition to the indoor area, highlighted apprenticeship programs. The Sacramento Kings joined the event this year and shared with the students an owner’s perspective on how a project can help the local economy. While the reviews were still coming in

at press time, this year’s CareerGPS is ex- pected to receive the same positive feed- back that last year’s event garnered from students and exhibitors. Students


after attending CareerGPS last year that they were made more aware of what kind of careers are available, and some were even able to determine what type of ca- reer they planned to pursue in the future. Educators said the event sparked stu- dents’ ability to connect what they learn with what they can expect when they join the workforce and how to achieve their future career goals. For more information on how to sup-

AGC of California President Curt Weltz posed with members of the Cypress Mandela Training Center during the Bay Area Career Day.

port AGC CEF’s construction career awareness activities and events, please contact Erin Volk, Director at  . 

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