LOSFA holds its third annual virtual Apprenticeship expo for high school students and postsecondary attendees


The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance will host its third annual virtual apprenticeship expo for Louisiana high school students and post-secondary attendees today from 9 am to 10:30 am.  Employer Engagement Coordinator Tonya Evans says students will receive information about apprenticeship programs by speaking directly with employers.

“They’re going to learn about apprenticeship opportunities with those employers, the work that’s involved with those apprenticeships, and how to apply for them.”

Several school districts statewide will be attending the virtual expo. Students will participate in breakout sessions to engage with employers in the healthcare, cyber security, and chemical industries.

Evans says students can obtain work experience, receive classroom instruction, and recognized credentials.

“They’re going to learn about alternative options like industry-based certifications where individuals can earn while they learn if four-year college is not an option for them.”

An estimated 90 percent of apprentices retain employment after completing a registered apprenticeship program with an average salary of $80 thousand. Director of Student Engagement LaVonya Malveaux hopes attendees learn that apprenticeship could be an optional career pathway to their future.

“Each year that we do it, we see the registration increases so we know there’s interest and because of the direction that our workforce is going the demand is there. So we will say this event in itself, plus to do it a third time and it been very beneficial.”

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