AROUND 3,000 STUDENTS EXPECTED AT INAUGURAL REGIONAL CAREER EXPO

AROUND 3,000 STUDENTS EXPECTED AT INAUGURAL REGIONAL CAREER EXPO

WHAT: Students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Plaquemines Parish School Board, St. Bernard Parish School District, and St. Charles Parish Public Schools will explore career opportunities at the 2018 Regional Career Expo. Around 3,000 high school career and technical education (CTE) students are expected at the first-ever event, which is a collaboration of the four school districts as well as JEDCO, the West Bank Business & Industry Association, and GNO, Inc.There will be 65 booths at the event. Along with community and technical colleges, students will learn about regional opportunities in technology, health sciences, hospitality, culinary, automotive, carpentry, and other high wage career fields. Each of the four school systems will bring CTE students to the event. The event is not open to the general public.WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.WHERE: UNO Lakefront Arena6801 Franklin AveNew Orleans, LA 70122 CONTACT: Lucy Lejeune, JPPSS CTE CoordinatorO: 504-736-1874 | C: 504-427-6100lucy.lejeune@jppss.k12.la.us,BACKGROUND: JPPSS CTE Coordinator Lucy Lejeune brought the groups together after organizing the first career expo for her district last school year. She says expanding it to involve the entire region makes perfect sense because surrounding parishes and their business communities rely on each other for economic success.“The mission is for kids to come in and explore different careers,” said Lejeune. “What the salaries are, what skills are necessary, what education is needed, and what careers exist in this region.”

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