Program to give school decision makers hands-on experience in STEM careers

BATON ROUGE, La. (April 15, 2019) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced it is extending the application period for its Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship through Friday, May 3. Applications are available at brac.org/fellowship.

The Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship is available to middle and high school counselors, principals, assistant principals, and career coaches from the nine-parish Capital Region. The program is designed to engage these education decision makers in exploring local career opportunities available to their students in STEM fields, specifically: construction crafts, manufacturing, healthcare, and the tech sector.

Selected participants will spend a week onsite with BRAC’s partner companies in June to shadow workers in the field, conduct skills assessments, and engage in day-to-day operations. The program also includes three day-long sessions to ensure participants have a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the target industries. Participants will be trained to serve as ambassadors of those industries to their students and as connectors between the classroom and workplace concepts and skills.

This program, previously known as BRAC’s Teacher Externship Program, supports the organization’s strategic plan goal to cultivate the region’s talent through expansion of STEM learning and partnerships in PK-12 public education, and alignment of regional workforce development systems to meet business needs. Read more about BRAC’s strategic plan at www.brac.org.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at www.brac.org.

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