|Antonio Harris and Kayla Fontenot speak to 11th and 12th graders during the Sustainable Agricultural, Rural Development Institute's (SARDI) 1st annual Work-Based Learning Conference on Feb. 2 at the LSU Eunice campus.|
Baton Rouge, La. – The Sustainable Agricultural, Rural Development Institute (SARDI) – formerly known as the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives - participated in the 1st Annual Work-Based Learning Conference on Feb. 2 at the Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSUE) campus.
Approximately 60 Juniors and Seniors from Opelousas Senior High School’s Magnet Academy of Biomedical Sciences in Opelousas, La. attended the conference, which was held to further prepare students for their college and workforce entrances.
Conference breakout sessions included:
• Resume Writing
• Dressing for Success
• Soft Skills
• Tackling FASFA
• Finding the Right College
• Show Me the Money
• Surviving the First Year
SARDI led a presentation that targeted areas such as professional dress and soft skills in the workplace. Kayla Fontenot, a Youth Agent at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, covered professional dress as well as workplace readiness skills during the session.
Antonio Harris, Research Associate and Director of SARDI, wrapped the session up with personal experiences that were related to professional dress and workplace readiness.
Chasity Johnson, Outreach Program Assistant, sat in to assist with the audiovisual operation and was astounded by the response of the students and thought they were very receptive to the information provided.
Students from SARDI’s ‘Youth Ambassadors for Healthy Living’ Program also participated in the conference by dressing in professional and non-professional attire and performing skits about professional dress and workplace readiness.
The entire SARDI staff agreed that the conference was much-needed and it provided students with information to assist them as they enter their college and workforce years.