Over 600 HS students participate in annual Career Fair

Gonzales, LA. – Over 600 juniors and seniors from Donaldsonville High, Dutchtown High, East Ascension High and St. Amant High schools attended the third annual district high school career fair held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Jan. 29, 2019. The students had opportunities to meet with 134 different businesses and potential employers in the fields of business; law and government; arts, technology and communications; mental and physical health; STEM; industrial planning and production; architecture and construction; education, training and human services.

“In a time where the job market is so competitive, it is important for students to begin thinking about their career interests so that they can best plan for their future and take full advantage of the many opportunities that are offered as part of their high school experience. Oftentimes, they see career opportunities for jobs that many of us don’t even know exist. It was so uplifting to see the many students and parents viewing and researching the many career pathways in our area,” said Director of High Schools Mia Edwards. “The partnerships we have with our local industries and our community was absolutely evident at this event. Thanks to the many that worked so hard to make the APSB High School Career Fair a phenomenal success!”

APSB student at career fairAccording to East Ascension High School Career Coach Shannon Hattier, the professionals in attendance went over and above by bringing props, informational packets, and even giveaways to encourage students to visit their booth and explain, in detail, the careers they represent and the education and experience needed to be successful in that field.

“The career fair is our attempt to bring real-world knowledge of the variety of professional opportunities available to our students. It is our attempt to pull students out of the virtual world for one night and have them interact with people who may very well be their future employer. It’s about more than just exploring careers. It’s about bringing the outside world and a small portion of the opportunity that awaits them to life,” said Hattier.

The following is a complete list of businesses represented at the career fair (in alphabetical order):

  1. Diez, Dupuy & Ruiz
  2. Acadian Ambulance
  3. Achord Eye Clinic
  4. Adolph Farms
  5. Advantage Services
  6. Apache
  7. APSB Human Resources
  8. Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  9. Ascension Parish Fire District #3
  10. Ascension Parish School Board
  11. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office
  12. Associates in Pediatric Dentistry
  13. Athletes in Motion
  14. Atlas Dermatology
  15. students show off giveawaysBASF
  16. Baton Rouge Physical Therapy
  17. Best in Class Tutoring
  18. Birth Center of Baton Rouge
  19. Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
  20. Business Report, 225 Magazine
  21. BXS Insurance
  22. Cajun Industries, LLC
  23. Carpenters & Millwrights of LA #729
  24. Casler, Bordelon, Lawler & Gelder
  25. CDI Solutions
  26. Champion Technology Services
  27. Chick-Fil-A
  28. City of Gonzales Fire Department
  29. Representatives Clay Schexnaydre & Ken Brass
  30. Cypress Title
  31. DEMCO
  32. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
  33. Diez Tire Company
  34. Domain Design Architecture
  35. EATEL Corp
  36. Senator Ed Price
  37. Edge Factor
  38. Embry-Riddle Aeronautics
  39. Excel
  40. Express Employment Professionals
  41. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  42. Forte Tablata
  43. Fran U
  44. Fran. Missionaries of Our Lady Health
  45. GeeGee’s Salon
  46. General Informatics
  47. GMFS LLC
  48. Gordon McKernan Law Firm
  49. Gridsource
  50. Hancock Whitney
  51. Hollis Orthodontics
  52. Hydrographic Society of America
  53. IBM
  54. Ironworkers Local 623
  55. ISC Constructors, LLC
  56. Jacklyn Photography
  57. Jacobs
  58. Jennifer Pickett
  59. Judges Turner, Verdigets & Lanoux
  60. Kelly Services
  61. Kevin J. Hester, DDS
  62. Kiss N Make Up Full Service Studio
  63. L’ Auberge Casino & Hotel
  64. LA Dept. of Environmental Quality
  65. LA DNR – Office of Coastal Management
  66. LA DNR – Office of Conservation
  67. LA RS GIS/Global Geospatial Institute
  68. LA Society of Professional Surveyors
  69. Lagniappe Pharmacy
  70. Lamar Advertising
  71. Lemoine Company
  72. Local 198
  73. Local 406
  74. Local 99
  75. Local 995
  76. Louisiana Civil Service
  77. Louisiana Department of Civil Service
  78. Louisiana Department of Corrections
  79. students listen at career fairLouisiana National Guard
  80. Louisiana Restaurant Association
  81. Louisiana State Police
  82. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab
  83. LSU College of Art & Design
  84. LSU College of Science
  85. Marathon Petroleum Company
  86. Mark Babineaux
  87. Marquette Transportation, LLC
  88. Mathnasium
  89. Mougeot Architecture
  90. Movement Mortgage
  91. Neighbors Federal Credit Union
  92. Nexstar Media Group – Fox 44 News
  93. Nike
  94. Noranda Alumina
  95. Ochsner Clinic
  96. Ourso Funeral Home
  97. Pediatric Therapy Solutions
  98. Pennington Biomedical
  99. Performance Contractors
  100. Piccadilly Holdings, LLC
  101. Powerhouse
  102. Premier Health Consultants
  103. Ramsey Rae
  104. Real Estate America
  105. Red River Bank
  106. ReMax First
  107. River Parishes Community College
  108. Sage Therapeutics
  109. Sheet Metal Workers Union
  110. Shell Geismar
  111. Shell Convent Refinery
  112. SouthernClique
  113. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
  114. St. Michel Day Spa
  115. STEM GEMS
  116. Sunshine Quality Solutions
  117. SWAT Specialty Welding
  118. Tara Lee’s Florist & Vintage Parlor
  119. Texas Roadhouse
  120. The Kitchen Table (Dianna Riley)
  121. The Pediatric Place
  122. The Zoo Health Club
  123. Transformyx
  124. Turner House Productions
  125. Turner Industries Group, LLC
  126. Turner Law Firm
  127. US Air Force
  128. US Army
  129. US Dept. of Probation & Parole
  130. US Marine Corp
  131. US Navy
  132. Vera Pro (ProSource)
  133. WAFB
  134. Woman’s Hospital

“We are grateful to our business and industry partners for their participation in this event. It is very beneficial to students to have the opportunity to speak one-to-one to professionals in the various career pathways as they begin to make their college and career choices,” said Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Ronda Matthews.

More information about Ascension Public Schools Career and Technical education can be found at www.apsb.org/page/career-coach-news.