Annual Imperial Calcasieu College and Career Fair a Continued Success

Tony McCardle, Director Career & Technical Education, tony.mccardle@cpsb.org

Mitzi Wilkinson, Counselors/Connections/JAG, mitzi.wilkinson@cpsb.org

October 20, 2017

College and Career Fair

It is never too early for high school students to think about what they want to do after their graduation from high school.  Today's society offers students many opportunities - college, military service, or immediate employment - in the workforce.  For those students who decide to pursue a college education, completing the admissions and financial aid application, or just trying to make housing decisions can be a daunting task. For those students entering the workforce after graduation, the research and interview process can be overwhelming.

In an effort to better assist students with some of these decisions, the Calcasieu School Counselors’ Association, Calcasieu Parish School Board, and McNeese State University partner up to sponsor an annual College and Career Fair in the fall for students grades 8-12.  Over 40 colleges, universities, businesses, and military branches attend the evening event, which is held at McNeese State University Recreational Complex.

During the College and Career Fair, students are given the opportunity to speak with representatives about all aspects of the post-secondary education process, employment potential, and military service.

Eric Heinen, Principal at Vinton High School, brought a bus load of students to the event.

"I'm excited they had this opportunity to explore career as well as college options," said Heinen. "Having a large variety of business, industry and post-secondary options available for students to explore is a win for everyone."

The event is beneficial to not only the students but also to the entire community.

"It is important to us to provide options for all students so that they can make sound career or college decisions," said Kirby Bruchhaus, Director of Education for Associated Builders and Contractors. "In order to build a better Southwest Louisiana, we have to all work together for our youth and future."

This year's College and Career Fair was held on Monday, October 23, 2017.