The 2018 Regional Career Expo took place on February 23rd at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

Students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Plaquemines Parish School BoardSt. Bernard Parish School District, and St. Charles Parish Public Schools attended the first-ever event, which was a collaboration of the four school districts as well as JEDCO, the West Bank Business & Industry Association, and GNO, Inc.

CTE students from each of the four school systems who were interested in attending the expo, which was held during school hours, signed up with their school’s CTE teacher.

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.”

In addition to meeting with representatives from community and technical colleges, students learned about regional opportunities in technology, health sciences, hospitality, culinary, automotive, carpentry, and other high wage career fields.

Lejeune sees CTE as an option for all students. She cites data showing that 63% of jobs available now require some type of education beyond high school. She encourages students to show up to the expo with a pen, notepad, and a list of questions.

“Just having a high school diploma isn’t good enough anymore. You have to have something to strengthen your diploma,” said Lejeune. “Make notes and ask questions. Make sure you leave with the knowledge of what it’s going to take to get that job. ”

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Lucy Lejeune, CTE Coordinator

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