Job fair opens doors for high school students

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - More than a thousand Calcasieu Parish students got a head start on plans after high school. Monday evening Calcasieu Parish School counselors held their annual high school job fair.

More than 75 vendors were on hand at the McNeese State University Rec Center. Among the booths were representatives from every Louisiana college and technical school. Realizing every student is college bound, there were also representatives from local trade and industry jobs. Organizers say it's never too early to start thinking about the future.

"That's why we invite middle school students to come also so they can start thinking what they are interested in and then be able to take classes in high school that will pertain to what they are interested in after high school," explained Sheila Kratzer, Calcasieu Parish Counselor.

"I think it is going to help narrow down the choices for someone like me who is a senior about to make some big decisions. You just realize there are a lot of opportunities out there," said Emily Vincent, Sulphur High School Senior.

"We are basically here to learn more about a lot of colleges to see which one has our best interests and what to expect at a big college or a different environment," said Chante Rankins, LaGrange High School Junior.

"I'm trying to find out how many weeks I need to go into the U.S. Coast Guard and to find out what I need to do better in while in high school to get into college," said Brandon Ardoin, Sam Houston High School Senior.

If students have questions they're encouraged to talk with their school counselor.

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