WALKER — Students from Livingston Parish’s nine high schools enrolled in career pathway courses at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center recently got a glimpse of some of the college and career options available to them after high school.
The center’s College and Career Day offered students the opportunity to visit with business professionals, recruiters and human resource professionals from agencies, colleges, organizations and companies that represent some of the career fields they have expressed an interest in pursuing, a news release said.
Center Director Kim Albin said all the students were required to list their top career interests as part of an early year survey. The survey was used to identify and recruit participants for the College and Career Day. The students were then assigned visits to the top five options that best matched their interests. A sixth “lagniappe” option also was available to students.
Albin said this year’s was the largest career event yet, with more than 40 participants providing information.
“By knowing the students’ interests early in the year, we were better able to recruit and schedule participants,” Albin said. “Our College and Career Day provides our students with a glimpse of the educational requirements, job responsibilities, salaries and expectations of the jobs in the various career fields.”
Albin said this year’s College and Career Day featured more university and technical college representatives than in years past.
Albin said more than 230 juniors and seniors from the parish’s nine high schools are enrolled at the center. She said 180 students attend classes at the center, either during morning or afternoon blocks, while another 50 students rotate attendance at satellite sites at the Albany, Doyle and Holden high school campuses.
The center offers courses in automotive service technology, computer service technology, criminal justice, engineering technician, emergency medical technician, as well as medical assistant and patient care technician programs. Albin said the EMT course is the only course taught at the satellite school sites.