Monday, November 21

Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives Educates Rural Youth on Careers in Agriculture

Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives Director Antonio Harris, sitting on left, and Extension Agent Krystle Washington, sitting on far left, share information about careers in agriculture.

Baton Rouge, LA – The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives staff participated in the 19th Annual Career Futures Expo on October 26, 2016 at Northwest High School in St. Landry Parish.

Every 10th grade student (roughly 1,200 students) from St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes traveled to explore the different career paths displayed during the expo.

The event, which was hosted by the St. Landry and Evangeline Parish Chambers of Commerce, St. Landry & Evangeline Career & Technical Education Programs and the St. Landry & Evangeline Parish School Boards, was designed to help 10th grade students identify and explore career interests that provide them with the opportunity to interact with professionals looking to the future and exploring their options.

“I was very amazed and impressed by the students’ knowledge and interest in our field,” said Kayla Fontenot, youth agent.

The staff of the Southwest Center also took the opportunity to speak with the students, and promote the BAYOU program and ultimately attending Southern University’s College of Agriculture post-graduation. 

“Recruitment starts early, so if we can introduce them to the College of Agriculture in 10th grade; we are planting the seed for them to become future Jaguars and ultimately leaders in Ag,” said Krystle Washington, Extension Agent in St. Landry Parish.

To read more about the event and see additional pictures, visit the Daily World


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