West Feliciana Parish High School students got the chance to explore life after high school on April 13 as the school hosted its annual College and Career Connection night.

More than 100 high school students, parents and volunteers explored college and career options and heard an uplifting message from keynote speaker and “edu-tainer” Adolf Brown, a youth motivational speaker and educator from Virginia.

“He is one of the best speakers we have ever had come to the school. He covered a lot of topics from education to relationships,” senior Jazz Ferguson said of Brown.

Parent Kati Williamson called Brown’s message “poignant, spirited and directly on target for all that attended.”

“He has a special gift of entertaining while teaching,” Williamson said. “We laughed and learned. What a great night.”

After Brown’s presentation, students visited different table displays and met with representatives from 22 businesses, schools and other groups, gaining insight into career choices and opportunities that are available to them.

Representatives from Baton Rouge Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University, UNO and LSU were on hand, along with firefighters, engineers, police officers, medical representatives, prison security personnel, welders and all military branches.

“They were able to gain a better understanding of the different career fields available in their area, and meet the people who perform these jobs on a daily basis,” Superintendent Hollis Milton said.

“It is so important that our young people understand how important a career choice is to their quality of life.

“They have to make a decision on choosing a career that will pay the bills for the type of lifestyle they want to live, but it also needs to be the type of job that they find rewarding mentally and spiritually,” Milton said. “We believe this type of event helps students find some of the answers and gives them the perspective to ask the right questions before making a choice.”

The College and Career event was developed in partnership with BRCC.