Women’s Career and Education Forum Held at RPCC Reserve Campus
Posted at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022
RESERVE – Last week, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), in partnership with Shell, hosted the 14e Louisiana’s Energize Your Destiny Annual Career and Education Forum at the River Parishes Community College (RPCC) Reserve Campus. Other participating schools this year include Baton Rouge Community College, Delgado Community College, Fletcher Technical Community College, Nunez Community College and Holy Cross University.
This annual STEM-focused forum is designed to uplift women in the energy sector, educate them about career and education options, and encourage them to “take charge of their future.” The Forum aims to empower attendees through meaningful panel discussions, with diverse workforce perspectives from employers, and with inspirational messages about increasing personal ownership through professional development workshops.
“Each year, I am re-energized by our students, who identify transformational career and educational choices and take charge and ownership of their destinies. It has been an honor to lead this initiative since 2017, when the LCTCS transitioned, as host,” said Alison Bordelon, LCTCS System Manager, Industry Aligned Career Pathways.
Throughout the year, members of industry and education work together to develop industry-aligned programs that truly develop the future workforce needed to support work; this forum presents the results of this partnership.
“The industry serves its consumers best when it has a wide variety of perspectives within its workforce. I would like to thank Shell, along with Danos, BASF, Turner Industries and Baker Hughes for their partnership and support ever-increasing opportunities for women in the workforce,” said Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr., LA-02.
Each year, Energize your Destiny provides a unique platform, bringing together high school and college students, parents, guidance counselors, military veterans, and community members from across the state. The forum highlights the vast offerings of industry-aligned programs and services provided by LCTCS institutions, as well as the sustainable career opportunities offered by industry partners. This year, an additional panel discussion has been added, prioritizing personal well-being for work-life balance as well as maintaining workplace safety.
“It’s always exciting to participate in this annual forum, it keeps my perspective of the energy sector ‘alive’. I enjoy engaging with industry members, LCTCS colleges, and our Louisiana students who will become the future of work,” said Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt.
The Energize Your Destiny Forum is offered in conjunction with other Shell STEM-focused initiatives, such as Shell’s Energy Venture Camp. Together, these initiatives demonstrate Shell’s commitment to the future of the energy sector workforce. “Energize Your Destiny is an incredible opportunity to partner with LCTCS to help develop local skills that will help women in this community compete for good jobs. Shell is proud to help encourage greater diversity in career paths and experiences – we believe diversity will be key in shaping innovation and the transformation of our future energy system,” said Melissa Dotson, Shell Chemicals LP Manager AOS Startup.
“Energize Your Destiny with Shell is a great opportunity for students to connect and network with industry leaders across the state to learn about various career opportunities,” said Quintin Taylor, Acting Chancellor. of the RPCC. “Hearing the stories of leaders about their personal professional experiences is an honor and provides insight into what students can expect from their future careers. The RPCC was delighted to host this year’s event and we look forward to working with Shell in the years to come as we continue to promote STEM-related careers.