Residents of Rockdale County and surrounding communities attended a Career & Education Expo, hosted by Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and Rockdale County, held at Salem High School on July 14. The festive, free community event highlighted GPTC’s various programs of study and Rockdale County’s outreach to improve the state of employment in the area. The Expo provided an opportunity for attendees to meet with representatives of approximately 30 exhibitors, including GPTC academic programs, admission and career services; the Georgia Department of Labor; military recruiters; Rockdale County social-services programs; and other metro-area colleges and universities. “I’m considering jobs and the fields of automotive and computer technology,” said Conyers resident Sean Reilly. Parent Michelle Evans, who also attended, said she came out because she is planning to go back to school. “My daughter is soon to be graduating high school. So, I figure she’s going to be ‘off to college’ and so will I. We can help each other,” said Evans. “Today’s event was very informative for me, particularly with all the different tables of exhibits and their information. Variety — I liked that.” Pictured: GPTC VP of Economic Development Richard Smith speaks to Expo attendees.