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Career and tech fair planned

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An inaugural Career and Technical Education Fair is planned for Thursday afternoon. It's an opportunity for students to learn core academic skills to apply them in the workplace.

Students can meet professionals in different areas of interest as well as representatives from higher education institutions that specialize in technical fields.

The event is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maxwell High School of Technology campus, 990 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville.

All high school students from Gwinnett County Public Schools and their parents are invited to attend.

CTE programs prepare students for a wide range of careers and further education opportunities. The careers may require varying levels of education--including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates and two- and four-year degrees.

CTE prepares students to be college- and career ready. Students learn core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace.

Skills include employability, critical thinking and responsibility as well as job-specific technical skills related to a specific career pathway.

More than 50 CTE organizations will be at the fair. Students can meet representatives from organizations like the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, the University of Georgia, CISCO, the Process Institute of Cosmetology, Le Cordon Bleu, Gwinnett Technical College and the Art Institute.

GCPS students can enroll in Career and Technical Education courses during their 11th and 12 grade years in high school.

All GCPS high schools offer career and technical education classes with additional programs at Grayson High Technical Program on the Grayson High campus and Maxwell High School of Technology.