Parish students attend career fair

Halen Doughty

Ascension Parish high school students got the inside scoop on their future jobs at a career fair in the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Wednesday. The event was open to all high schoolers in the parish and featured panels on every career from law enforcement and healthcare to media and public office.

Representatives from Mike Anderson’s, Clarion Inn Conference Center, and Holiday Inn Express were on hand explaining the details of Harry Robert’s businesses in Gonzales. Lisa Pearce said they told the kids about all the opportunities within the companies.

Most of us have worked our way up into management,” said Pearce, “There’s great opportunities working for this company.”

Elected officials offered details on the democratic process and how laws are passed. The entire Ascension Parish delegation was on hand representing both chambers of the state legislature.

State Representative Tony Bacala explained to students how the legislature gets things accomplished and how state government impacts every aspect of people’s lives. State Senator Ed Price made a video outlining the details of the legislative process and how bills become laws.

They also talked about the importance of compromise in getting things accomplished. State Representative Johnny Berthelot said it all comes down to compromise and communication. He said lawmakers often have to cross party lines to get things done.

We can find common ground, and we do, especially when it comes to projects for Ascension Parish,” said Berthelot.

Parish Council members Aaron Lawler and Travis Turner were set up at the fair offering the inside scoop on their respective law practices. Lawler said he spoke to several kids interested in obtaining law degrees and explained what the degree could offer.

A law degree has options,” said Lawler. “There’s more you can do with a law degree than be a lawyer.”

Turner answered questions about what goes into getting a law degree and how long it takes. He admitted some were intimidated by the thought of seven more years of class after high school.

WAFB reporter Cheryl Mercedes and chief meteorologist Jay Grymes were on hand to tell students about the changing dynamics in the news world. Mercedes said the teens were interested in what goes on behind the scene and the technology that makes it all possible.

Grymes said the industry is changing dramatically as news transitions to immediate updates rather than traditional 5 o’clock broadcasts. But no matter how the delivery methods change with the times, one thing remains constant.

Someone always has to write the words,” said Grymes.

A torrential downpour put a damper on the event causing a dip in attendance over previous years. But plenty of students and parents turned out to get a first-hand peek into life after high school.

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