Augusta Business Daily

Thu, September 28, 2023

Businesses lay groundwork for future hires at career expo

More than 30 CSRA businesses will be looking for future employees at this week’s Columbia County Career & College Expo.

Alison Couch is one of them. She owns Ignite Accounting & Business Advisors in Harlem and is currently looking for staff accountants. Couch also wants to talk to local high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in accounting.

The third annual Career & College Expo on Thursday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown should provide an opportunity for her and for potential employees.

“Ignite is located in one of the top-ranked school districts in Georgia,” she said. “Our local schools and colleges are full of extraordinary talent that we want to preserve here in the CSRA.”

Other participating businesses who will be scouting for future employees include John Deere, Georgia Power, and SRP Federal Credit Union.

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Russ Lahodny said the event is open to the public, but is primarily designed to provide information about future career opportunities to CSRA middle and high school students.

“We are proud to host the Career & College Expo with help from our partner, the Columbia County School District,” Lahodny said. “We highlight many of the career opportunities available in the Greater Augusta Region.”

Representatives from many universities and technical colleges throughout much of the Southeast, including Augusta Technical College, Augusta University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama, will also be available to talk to students at the Career & College Expo.

“We hope to bring exposure to an industry full of opportunity: public accounting,” Couch said. “Our firm wants to engage with college students who are eager to learn and blaze the trail in the future of accounting.”

ABD took the tour in January to observe the JA Discovery Center in Savannah where students learned skills including budgeting.

ABD previously reported on Junior Achievement of Georgia’s plans to build a JA Discovery Center in Columbia County, which is expected to open this fall and should also be a training ground for employment in the CSRA.

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