Students receive BASF scholarships for technical education at RPCC

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Top row: Makenzie Herring, Chaz Rodrigue, Cade Moore, Bradley Wolf, Colin Watkins, Kaylon Hebert, Landon Burns Jervay Cheveallier V, Zachary Wilson, Justin Schexnaydre, Matthew Sianarta, Jadyn Rumfellow, Darell Honora, Tyler Stephens, Raegan Nguyen, Isabella Jung, Paige Spadoni, Jacob Braud. Bottom row: Trent Sullivan, Megan Arceneaux, Jaden Pearley, Austin Champton Ben Boudreaux, Emily Richey, Brenden Brunet, Reid Kliebert, Emily Russell.

Five area high school students have earned $5,000 in scholarships sponsored by BASF to prepare for highly technical careers in industry at River Parishes Community College.

The BASF Scholarship Program for technical education assists us in identifying bright and talented students early on, helping them take a step toward the advanced jobs and careers in our industry,” Tom Yura, BASF’s Senior Vice President and General Manager at Geismar.

Receiving $1,000 each, the BASF scholarship recipients are Jacob Braud (Prairieville), Isabella Jung (Prairieville), Raegan Nguyen (Prairieville), Chaz Rodrigue (Vacherie) and Emily Russell (Gonzales). BASF awards the scholarships to high school juniors or seniors graduate from an annual, week-long, workforce development program at RPCC called BASF TECH Academy. The recipients plan to enroll at RPCC in a Process Technology, Electrical or Instrumentation program.

Each year, BASF TECH Academy introduces 30-40 local, high school juniors and seniors to highly technical careers and the science behind them as well as necessary skills. Since the program’s inception in 2015, RPCC officials say six graduates of BASF TECH Academy are now fully enrolled at RPCC and three graduates attend through their participation in the Early College Option of the Ascension Parish School system.

River Parishes Community College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow through specific skill training and providing transferrable courses and curricula leading to certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communities to provide programs for personal, professional and academic growth.

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