THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Cristine Darjean of Acadia Parish School System was the guest speaker at the club’s weekly luncheon. On hand for the presentation was Club President Amy Thibodeaux, Darjean and Pat Meyers, vocational speaker.
APSB offers new pathway programs
The Rotary Club of Crowley recently welcomed Cristine Darjean, Acadia Parish School System’s College Readiness Facilitator, as guest speaker for their lunch meeting at The Town Club.
Darjean discussed the many ways in which the Acadia Parish School System is transforming student training for workforce needs upon graduation and preparing students for post-secondary education after graduation.
Some of the ways that the area school system is transforming students’ lives includes CTE pathways at the local highschools, Darjean said.
The pathways offered are:
• Manufacturing and Construction: Students will earn certifications in welding and carpentry.
• Business Management: earning certifications in Microsoft Office Suite Programs.
• Digital Media Pathway: earning certifications as an Adobe Certified Associate.
• Hospitality and Tourism: earning certifications in ServSafe Manager and Handler.
• ProStart/Culinary Arts: earning a National ProStart Certificate from the Louisiana Restaurants Association.
• Health Sciences: earning certificates as an Emergency Medical Responder.
• Medical Assistant (Crowley High and Church Point High): Clinical Certified Medical Assistant.
In addition, the school system partners with Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) to provide “AHEC of a Summer,” allowing students to explore careers in the area of health science.
Another healthcare program, “Future Nurses,” will be included during the upcoming summer. according to Darjean.
This new program will allow the students to job shadow for two weeks and will be based at the Acadia General Hospital in Crowley.
Lastly, over the summer the “JumpStart Summers Program” will continue teaching students carpentry and welding in partnership with Louisiana Department of Education.
Students preparing for post-secondary education can participate in:
• Dual enrollment at Louisiana State University at Eunice; University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Sowella Technical College.
• ACT workshops going on throughout the parish.
Contact the Acadia Parish School Board Office if interested in enrolling your student in one of these programs.