CHESHIRE - High school students from South Gallia and River Valley high schools, along with students from area technical colleges were invited to attend a Power Industry Career Education Fair at hosted by American Electric Power on Friday and Saturday.
The event took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and was held at AEP's Gavin Plant in Cheshire. Approximately 250 high school students attended the first day, while students from area technical colleges were invited to come Friday.
The fair was not open to the public and no job applications were taken.
The purpose of the career fair was to connect various AEP work units and building and construction trade unions with students. Several groups participated to explain to students the characteristics of various jobs available within the company and the building trades so that they can prepare themselves academically for the requirements of the different positions. Some non-AEP groups were also involved with the career fair.
“We wanted to reach out to students to talk about life after school and what they can do to prepare for career opportunities,” said Gavin Plant Manager David Hoffman. “We've got career opportunities for a variety of different backgrounds.”
Students were given an overview of the power plant and taught some things about power generation, as well as the various trade crafts that go along with generation, such as transmission and distribution, river transportation, building trades and project cost accounting.
The students were than able to ask specific career-related questions to experts in the previously presented areas to learn more information about possible career opportunities.