On Oct. 22, Caddo Parish Public School’s Title I Family and Community Engagement hosted its second annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) College and Career Fair at Huntington High School with more than 450 parents and students in attendance.
As part of the event, Caddo staff members educated parents and students regarding careers available through STEM education and outlined requirements for students to enter into STEM-related careers.
“Our goal was to help our students become prepared for the future STEM workforce,” said Rosalind Glover-Bryant, Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement. “There are many jobs available now and in the future. Since the United States is not ranked in the top 20 worldwide in math and reading, we thought that it was important to help educate our parents and children.”
Keynote speaker Kevin Nolten, Director of Academic Outreach at the Cyber Innovation Center, addressed the large audience on the importance of parent involvement and support as a fundamental component of the learning process.
“Our region, state and nation face a monumental demand for a cyber-ready workforce; whether that is in technology industry, medical fields, education, law, etc.,” Nolten said. “The innovation, the critical thinking and the hard and soft skills must be developed both in the classroom and at home.”
Each year, Caddo’s Title I Department seeks ways to combine district resources with ways to better involve parents and community members in education. To better involve parents, Caddo also partnered with over 40 exhibitors from business and industry to display information from their fields of work.