CIAA gets down to business with Career Expo

Current students and recent graduates can connect with employers including Bank of America, Coca-Cola, FBI, Food Lion, Novant Health, Verizon, and WBTV. Bring your résumé.

The CIAA gets down to real business in Charlotte this week with its annual Career Expo.

The CIAA is about more than basketball. The Career Expo caters to young business professionals ready to step out into the working world.

Making business connections is part of the rich history of the Central Collegiate Athletic Association, the nation’s oldest African-American athletic conference, which started in 1912 in Hampton, Virginia.

The Career Expo helps current students and recent graduates connect with employers and recruitment officers to learn about job opportunities and post-graduate school programs.

Dozens of employers and graduate schools return every year, and that speaks to the great need and effectiveness of this expo.

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The expo will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College St.  Interactive professional development sessions take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Many young business-minded professionals will be in the building, eager to learn and ready to go out into the workforce.

Some of the employers registered for the expo are: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School/Savannah Law School, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, FBI, Food Lion, Novant Health, Travelers Insurance, U.S. Army, Verizon and WBTV.

Other business and educational events held during the week include the CIAA Minority Business and Leadership Symposium and the Toyota Green Initiative, also on Thursday. To register for any of the events, go to

The CIAA Minority Business and Leadership Symposium will hold a panel discussion about wealth and prosperity. The keynote speaker will be Earl Graves Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise magazine.  Joel Stone, Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor at Fifth Third Bank, will be one of the featured panelists.

On Tuesday, CIAA Education Day provided students from middle school and high school the chance to meet college recruiters face-to-face and get tips on preparing for college.

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Education Day included a special presentation honoring high school students with 4.0 grade point average.

Tyran Williams, from Durham, N.C., is a senior journalism and multimedia major at N.C. A&T.