Acadia students get a dose of life after school
By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – On Tuesday, 10th and 12th grade students from every high school in Acadia Parish visited the Rice Festival Building in Crowley for the annual Career Connections Expo.
The event is held each year to give the students a chance to learn about various occupations they may want to pursue as well as a chance to visit the event’s Reality Store, where they were able to learn about the realities of living expenses and how they relate to quality of life
“This is an opportunity for the kids to prepare for their futures by educating themselves on their options,” said Kalya Link of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce. “It also gives them a chance to get to know our parish leaders.”
Each business that took part in the Expo had a booth where a representative would take time to explain to students how their businesses operated and the necessary skills that are involved. Among the more entertaining booths were the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office’s where Lieutenant Keith Latiola jokingly looked for volunteers to be tasered - there were no takers; the Crowley Art Association’s booth where students were encouraged to paint butterflies on poster boards; and Acadian Technical College booth where students were given demonstrations on welding as well as an opportunity to tour the truck simulator in which truck drivers are trained.
“It’s great to see all this community support and the concern they have in teaching students about the realities they face when they get out of school,” said Acadia Parish School Superintendent John E. Bourque. “It makes those of us at the school board office feel good.”