Industry Day for Middle/High Schoolers Across Louisiana Happens Next Week

BATON ROUGE (October 17, 2018) – On Wednesday, Oct. 24, more than 150 Louisiana students, ranging from the eighth through twelfth grades, will visit industrial manufacturing sites across the state and learn about available career options. 

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA), whose members include 65 industrial sites, helped University View Academy, the top performing public K-12 online charter school in Louisiana, launch the inaugural event.

After completing a study module on careers, students will visit BASF in Geismar; Calumet Specialty Products Partners, in Shreveport; Dow Amerchol in Greensburg; Oxbow Calcining in Baton Rouge; and Shell Refining in Convent; for a day of presentations and tours, along with an in-depth look at careers in skilled crafts, engineering, management, clerical, and human resources, among others.

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“This is a great opportunity to help both students and their parents get a close up look into a manufacturing site as well as to learn about the high-tech, high-paying jobs all around the state,” said Connie Fabre, executive director at GBRIA. “GBRIA values the opportunity to partner with University View Academy, and we hope to grow the number of host sites as well as this event at other schools.”

“The goal of Industry Day is to introduce eighth through twelfth graders to skilled crafts, engineering, and management careers, emphasizing the entire industrial career pathway of possibilities,” said Mandy LaCerte, University View director of Early College and Workforce Development. “We are thankful to GBRIA and the industry partners who helped us in the push to expose students to the opportunities to the multiple careers available in their own backyard.”

All plant visits will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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