TECH Academy is funded annually by BASF and is completely free for students. The application process is open to any local student rising to their junior or senior year of high school with interest in technical careers. Students who complete the program also are eligible to apply for BASF scholarships to pursue technical degrees or certifications at RPCC.

Thirty-six area high school students recently completed BASF’s TECH Academy – a week-long educational and workforce development program hosted at River Parishes Community College (RPCC). TECH Academy encourages students to learn more about technical and craft careers through experiments, demonstrations, field trips and interactions with industry professionals.

"TECH Academy is a unique way to introduce high school students to industries located in our area that rely on science and technology in daily operations, as well as highlight the educational opportunities available at RPCC required to attain these careers," said Tom Yura, BASF’s Senior Vice President and General Manager in Geismar, Louisiana. "Through our commitment to support the local community, this is our fourth year hosting TECH Academy and helping students connect to future careers right here in Louisiana."

The group of rising high school juniors and seniors participated in field trips that reinforced skills needed in technical disciplines for potential careers such as a process technician, instrument technician, welder, pipefitter, drafter, lab technician and more. The students toured multiple technology-rich facilities that helped further educate them on career opportunities. The facilities included BASF’s site in Geismar, Emerson Technologies, Anvil Attachments, ISC Constructors, LLC and NASA Stennis Space Center.

“BASF’s TECH Academy was a great experience, and it really helped me discover what job I would choose for my future career,” said Alex Fields, student at East Ascension High School. “I’m choosing to pursue a technical degree when I graduate from high school. I hope to become a drafter or a welder. I want to be the best at anything I attempt to accomplish.”

TECH Academy is part of BASF’s workforce development efforts in North America to support industry growth and investment in the region. BASF’s manufacturing operations require a skilled workforce to construct, operate and maintain chemical production facilities across the region.

A few Ascension Parish middle and high school teachers attended the week-long program as well to learn about technical careers available. The teachers can now return to the classroom with information to help guide students in their decisions about future careers in the industry.

"TECH Academy is an exceptional opportunity for local high school students and teachers," said Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor of RPCC. "This program promotes technical career opportunities while creating a course for each student’s success. RPCC enjoys working with BASF through TECH Academy and hopes to continue contributing to the community and supporting local workforce development efforts."

TECH Academy is funded annually by BASF and is completely free for students. The application process is open to any local student rising to their junior or senior year of high school with interest in technical careers. Students who complete the program also are eligible to apply for BASF scholarships to pursue technical degrees or certifications at RPCC.

The following students completed TECH Academy 2018:

St. Amant High School

Derrick Andermann

Courtney Bourgeois

Austin Champton

Grace Duplessis

Jacob Johnson

Jayvon Joseph

Raegan Nguyen

Collin Parent

Sean Precht

Zack Zeringue

Early College Option at RPCC

Emily Russell

Harlie Warner

Dutchtown High School

Kayla Bougere

Ryan Daigle

Noah DeWerff

Tazarian Dunbar

Jacob LeBlanc

Ross Lowry

Robert (Trey) Martin III

Christian Rodeillat

Jacob Sanchez

Brea Stephens

Donaldsonville High School

Tyrese Diggs

Jalen Winchester

East Ascension High School

Seth Baye

Alex Fields

Christian Garner

Argelie Nwokorie

Brenden Robinson

Alex Templet

Ascension Christian High School

Byron Hansley

Vivian Perilloux

Brighton School

Colin Woods

Episcopal High School

Tochi Mbagwu

St. Michael the Archangel

Wren Parisiola

West Feliciana High School

Ty Morgan

For more information about careers at BASF and jobs available in Louisiana, visit http://www.basf.us/la. To learn more about science education at BASF, visit www.facebook.com/BASF.ScienceEd.NorthAmerica.

Contributed by BASF