2014-11-07

Yesterday, Baton Rouge business and community leaders came together for a dialogue about education and City Year's critical role in developing a sustainable workforce for Baton Rouge's growing economy. 

CIty Year Baton Rouge hosted our third annual Executives for Education Breakfast on Thursday, November 6. This year, the event featured a panel discussion centered on education and workforce development, featuring local experts and major players in the economic and educational shifts at work to prepare Baton Rouge students for bright careers. CYBR Advisory Board Chair Laura Poche moderated the panel, consisting of Stephanie Cargile from ExxonMobil Baton Rouge, Deputy Superintendent Michael Haggen from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Susie Schowen from Louisiana Economic Development's FastStart, Jimmy Sawtelle from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and Team Leader Phillip Spotswood from City Year Baton Rouge. 

Over 50 business and community leaders attended the panel to learn more about how City Year is preparing students for the growing industries in Baton Rouge by building applicable academic and socio-emotional skills and behaviors. The audience learned how they could not only support City Year's service in K-12 education, but also how to spread awareness about the amazing programs being offered from the State, community colleges, and the Department of Education that ensure Baton Rouge students are able to obtain stable, successful careers in our local industries. 

Huge thanks to our panel and all of City Year Baton Rouge's champions who came out to learn more and support our service. Together, we can truly build a collaboration with the public sector, private companies, schools, and non-profits to provide a continuum of success for Baton Rouge's students.

Jimmy Sawtelle, of the Louisiana Technical and Community College System, discusses how various programs in Louisiana's community colleges, such as "Women in Welding" at Baton Rouge Community College, are preparing students for high-demand, specialized careers.

Corps member Phillip Spotswood explains how City Year lesson plans are built around rigorous, high-level concepts that are applicable in the real world, helping students build adaptable skills for their future careers. 

CIty Year co-founder Jennifer Eplett Reilly asks a fellow audience member about his view on education's role and the role of education focused non-profits in building a prepared workforce for Baton Rouge businesses. 

School Board Member Evelyn Ware-Jackson, who represents two City Year schools in East Baton Rouge, weighs in on the conversation. 

Corps member Adejuwon Adeyemo discusses City Year's service with Willie Johnson, from Entergy Louisiana. 

Corps member Jack Stallard speaks with Cordell Haymon, a City Year Champion representing SGS Petroleum Service Corporation. 

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