BRAC Opens Applications for Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship

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

BATON ROUGE, La. (March 10, 2021) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced it is accepting applications for its virtual Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship beginning tomorrow, March 11, through Thursday, April 22. Applications are available at

The Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship is available to middle and high school counselors, principals, assistant principals, and career coaches working at a public or public charter school located in 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: healthcare, manufacturing, construction/skill craft, and IT/software. Eligible educators are encouraged to apply quickly as space is limited.

Selected participants will virtually engage with professionals in June with BRAC partner companies to learn about occupations and day-to-day operations at each of the focus industries. Selected fellows will leave the program understanding the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the four target industries, trained to serve as ambassadors for those industries to their students and staff, and as connectors between classroom and workplace concepts and skills. Selected fellows will receive a stipend for their participation.

This program, which began as BRAC’s Teacher Externship Program in 2015, 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

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


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