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The Business and Education Committee planned the recent Connecting to Success event, which included speakers and officers from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. These included, from left, back row, Brett Savant, Leann Stelly, Margot May, Sherry Mely, Derrick Bozeman and Mike Cotton; and front row, Staci Polozola, Kim Sanders, Amie Barton, Shannon Bernard, Jill Wybel, Regina Scott and Christi Cutrer.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Livingston Parish Public Schools, hosted Connecting to Success, a student business conference for Maurepas and Albany High School juniors, on Dec. 1, at Carter Plantation in Springfield, a chamber news release said.

The 85 students attended break-out sessions for skill development in areas including working in teams, communicating personal value, creating a resume, interviewing for a job, and professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.

Students had roundtable discussions with business leaders from diverse fields and asked industry-related questions.

The event, which was geared toward helping students become job-ready and career-focused, encouraged attendees to pursue advanced training in technical skill areas and/or to attend college, the release said.

April Wehrs, Livingston's Chamber CEO, said, “For years, the chamber has been engaged in business and education partnerships. Students do not always know how to navigate varying career tracks and this program helps that. It is also in response to the development of soft skills that the business community has been challenged with in the workforce.”

Schools Superintendent Rick Wentzel provided the event’s opening address, and Michele Sutton, CEO of North Oaks Medical Center, wrapped up the conference with closing remarks. The event was sponsored by the Livingston Parish Chamber’s Business and Education Investors. Nearly 40 business volunteers were part of the program.