Youth College and Career Expo

What do you get when 60+ schools; 9 school districts; 180 colleges, universities, companies, and organizations; and 200+ volunteers come together in 2019 to support students as they get ready to step out into the world? Almost 4,000 students discover a whole new world of educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics!

…and in 2022, we’re doing it again!

Personalized learning is the attraction of the 2023 Youth College and Career Expo. With our first virtual YCCExpo a great success, we have jump started our first hybrid YCCExpo for 2023. Jump start your personal learning by registering for this year’s event. Registration opens Monday, October 10.

6th Annual
Youth College and Career Expo
Arts: Exploring Endless Possibilities
February 14 – 16, 2023 | 9:00 am

So what is YCCExpo?  The Youth College and Career Expo (YCCExpo) is a college and career exploration experience for youth in 4th-12th grade. During the YCCExpo, youth will learn about the region’s broad range of careers and pathways to get there, hear from diverse voices sharing experiences and tips, and be introduced to leading employers, colleges, and training programs. and this year, we’re thrilled to add a virtual platform that will allow students from around the state of Georgia to participate in the event!

2023 YCCExpo Keynote Presenter

Check Back for 2023 Keynote Speaker!

Aisha Bowe is a former NASA rocket scientist, motivational speaker and serial entrepreneur. Her seven-figure companies have been recognized by Inc. Magazine and her clients include tech giants such as: Microsoft, GE, and Siemens — all without outside capital. As an aerospace engineer who started her degree with pre-algebra in a community college, Aisha is on a mission to help youth break stereotypes, stop internalizing false narratives and pursue careers in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math).

Aisha regularly shares her story and message of self-empowerment in interviews and presentations worldwide. She speaks often as part of the US State Department’s speakers’ program and has been the subject of many articles including in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc.com, Fast Company, Wired, and Shondaland. She was a featured guest on NBC LX as well as The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Tamron Hall Show, two of the most highly rated daytime talk shows in the United States. In addition, she was the subject of an Olay/BET public service announcement promoting women’s empowerment.

Aisha holds a B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering and an M. Eng. in Space Systems Engineering, from University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity. Aisha is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She currently sits on the University of Michigan Aerospace Department Industry Advisory Board.

Virtual

Resources are key to college and career opportunities. At the virtual YCCExpo, access to exhibitors, colleges, seminars, and swag will be in high demand. Want a chance to win a prize for engaging with participants in the virtual YCCExpo, be #1 on the leaderboard. Check it out!  Don’t forget to use the “Backpack” feature to download information to revisit later. You can download exhibitor content, website links, and interactive sessions all while gaining leaderboard points. So, download to your virtual backpack and share what you have learned with your friends and family.

The event is LIVE on February 15 & 16, 2022.

Can’t make it to the live virtual event on February 15 & 16? We have your back! Check out the resources on-demand for the 30 days following the event. But before you can access all these great resources, you must first register!

In-Person

The in-person experience is designed for students to explore interactive opportunities with exhibitors and colleges. Each year a cohort of students will engage in the onsite activities. This year all 11th graders will have access. Exhibitors will share their companies values and engage students with an activity. Probe College Fair will be onsite with over 50 colleges and universities for students the find out more information, apply, and possibly receive provisional admission. Lastly, the opportunity to hear from our keynote speaker who’ll shed light on how art elevates dreams.

In-Person

Access and exposure…that’s what it’s all about. Don’t miss out on face time with your future school or employer!

There will be opportunities to enhance interpersonal skills, gain new insight from exhibitors, engage with interactive labs, speak 1-on-1 with colleges and universities, including submitting applications. 30-day virtual access also included.

Join us! Meet the YCCExpo Ambassador and sponsors that are here to help you #BeFutureReady. 

Register to Attend the YCCExpo!

Mock Interview

Job interviews can be challenging, as we know. Communicating with confidence takes practice. Area HR and career professionals will offer mock interviews at the virtual YCCExpo. These volunteers work with students and offer positive, constructive feedback that will help students for their next real interview, whether it’s for a job, internship, or college admission. Mock interviews are for 7th-12th grade students only. Acknowledge your interest during the registration process.

Ambassador Award

In alliance with the city of Columbus through our partnership with our Expo Ambassador, City Manager Isaiah Hughley, we will present the Ambassador Award up to five (5) deserving students.  This award acknowledges the demonstrated achievements and ability of promising high school students in STEAM-related pursuits and celebrates the hard work, diligent study habits, and innovative ideas displayed by students during the school year.

We ask each school to nominate a student to be considered for the Ambassador Award.  From those nominations, the top candidates will be chosen and honored at a breakfast the morning of YCCExpo, and one of those students will be awarded the Let’s Grow STEAMx Ambassador Award. For eligibility information and to submit your school’s nominee, please click the button below.

The nomination window is open from June 1 to Friday, January 7.

In alliance with the city of Columbus through our partnership with our Expo Ambassador, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, we will also be presenting the Ambassador Award to one of our deserving students.  This award acknowledges the demonstrated achievements and ability of promising high school students in STEAM-related pursuits and celebrates the hard work, diligent study habits, and innovative ideas displayed by students during the school year.

We ask each school to nominate a student to be considered for the Ambassador Award.  From those nominations, the top three candidates will be chosen and honored at a breakfast the morning of YCCExpo, and one of those students will be awarded the Let’s Grow STEAMx Ambassador Award.

For eligibility information and to submit your school’s nominee, please click here. The nomination window is open from June 1 to August 27, 2021.

Let’s Grow STEAMx is dedicated to helping our youth #BeFutureReady!

Excited to get involved with the Expo?