A group of Ascension Parish high school students recently attended BASF Tech Academy, a new four-day program hosted at River Parishes Community College in Burnside, to learn about technical careers.

“We plan to offer BASF Tech Academy annually to help students make the connection between their coursework in high school and how they can begin preparing now for future careers,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar.

Students completing the program were Wallace Baker and Lawrence Brown, Donaldsonville High School; Kyle Arant, Madeline Cernich, Bryce Crochet, Christian Diez, Fernando Garcia, Mason Gonzales and Roberlynn Murray, East Ascension High School; and Blake Accardo, Blake Delatte, Daniel Dixon and Julian Guerrero, St. Amant High School.

The 11th- and 12th-grade students completed hands-on activities that reinforced skills needed in technical disciplines, met industry professionals who provided insights into potential careers and toured facilities with a technology-rich focus, including BASF’s site in Geismar, the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices at LSU, Louisiana Regional Airport and the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

“BASF Tech Academy was a great experience,” Brown said. “I gained exposure to careers within the technology field and had the chance to network with other students interested in similar areas. I could see myself working in a technical role in my future thanks to this experience.”

BASF Tech Academy was free for participants, and all activities were funded by BASF.