The College of Continuing and Professional Education at KSU has held the bi-annual career expo for the past five years. The event, which takes place once in January and a second time in July each year, will be Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive.
Barbara Calhoun, the college’s dean, said it started the expo so students could personally check out the 45-plus programs such as paralegal, human resources management and medical certifications.
The school will be introducing six new programs as well, including social media marketing, health coaching and Android app development.
“It’s a career expo in that we provide training to help people get jobs or train for careers,” Calhoun said.
The College of Continuing and Professional Education allows people who are either searching for employment or a career change to earn certifications in less time while still being able to manage a full-time job and/or family.
Calhoun said the programs are also less expensive than if someone were to go back to a four-year college to earn his or her degree in another career field.
Tables will be set up throughout the atrium with program information, and participants are invited to go inside actual classroom sessions to get even more details from instructors about certain programs.
Acworth resident Tiffany Boykins, who attended the expo in January, will be returning to Thursday night’s event because of the casual atmosphere and what she described as user-friendly information sessions.
“It was very beneficial to be able to get some quick information,” she said. “I felt more comfortable about going into the classroom of a program where my interest was sparked. I was even able to talk to the professors afterwards.”
The 41-year-old former bank manager, who has a bachelor’s degree but took time off a few years ago to stay home with her children, said she attended the expo earlier this year to check out the college’s human resources program.
But after sitting down in a classroom session for a few minutes, Boykins realized it just wasn’t for her so she checked out the Event Planning program.
“For the last few years I have been doing events for free, specifically for the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha,” she said. “After I went and listened to the session, I figured out that I do have an interest in it and I’d do well with it.”
She is planning to start the two-night-a-week, eight-week program in the fall.
For more information, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu.
IF YOU GO
• What: KSU Career Training Expo
• When: Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
• Where: the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw
• More information: ccpe.kennesaw.edu