Program Overview

BRAC’s Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship connects industry and education by pairing middle and high school principals and counselors with week-long externships in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction/skilled craft, and IT/software industries. Fellows participate onsite at BRAC’s partner companies to shadow workers in the field and engage in day to day operations. Fellows leave the program with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in target industries, trained to serve as ambassadors of those industries to their students, and as connectors between classroom and workplace concepts and skills.


The curriculum for Leadership Baton Rouge is designed to use a variety of resources and learning techniques. Topics are chosen based on key components inherent in the daily lives of the people of the Baton Rouge Area. 

The curriculum is designed to accomplish the following goals: 

  • To seek out, train and promote high achievers for positions of voluntary responsibility in the community 
  • To provide these developing leaders with practical information concerning community issues and assets 
  • To establish a communication network among the existing and emerging leaders of the community 
  • To challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in community affairs 

Apply for Program

Any highly motivated middle or high school principal, assistant principal, counselor, or career coach within the 13 district Capital Region, which includes: Ascension, Baker, Central, EBR, EBR-RSD, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Zachary, is encouraged to apply.

The application is now closed for the 2019 Pathways to Prosperity Fellowship. Applications will reopen for the 2020 fellowship in the first quarter of 2020.

Selection Process

Participants are chosen through a three-step process, which includes career and technical education coordinators/school district feedback, partner company input, and strength of application.

Current Class

Rochelle PageAscension
Kim UzeeAscension
Toyia CommineyAscension
Christina CarterAscension
Kristie OverstreetAscension
LaTonya CalveyAscension
Shannon HattierAscension
Kim AucoinAscension
Suella WashingtonAscension
Alex AmbeauAscension
Micki LeBlancAscension
Angela BoudreauxAscension
Belinda DixonCentral
Lindsey LeBlancCentral
Chadwick Kyle AucoinEast Baton Rouge
Verdie M. BatisteEast Baton Rouge
Paul M. JacksonEast Baton Rouge
John HaymanEast Baton Rouge
Verricha StewartEast Baton Rouge
John-Pierre' LaFleurEast Baton Rouge
Addie LoupeIberville
Alexis RayIberville
Catherine VicknairLivingston
Jennifer BourgeoisLivingston
Sammie LacaraLivingston
Kim DudleyLivingston
Charlene B. LillyLivingston
Michelle VaughnWest Baton Rouge
Del-Timoko ClarkWest Baton Rouge
Jennifer BelWest Feliciana
Jessica WalkerWest Feliciana

Liz Smith

Senior V.P. of Economic Competitiveness
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