Livingston Parish Schools encourage girls to consider automotive career opportunities

Nearly 20 female high school students from across Livingston Parish recently participated in an automotive industry learning session at the Livingston Parish Literacy & Technology Center in Walker. The learning session served as an introduction to career opportunities for women in the automotive industry. The district hopes the session and additional promotions will generate enough students interest to offer a “girls-only” automotive class in the summer or next school year. Photo provided by Livingston Parish Schools.
Albany High School’s Katelyn Thompson and Emma Johnson learn how to remove a tire using an impact wrench. Photo provided by Livingston Parish Schools.
Lexi Mack from Doyle High School participates in an exercise to identify the proper crescent wrench sizes. Photo provided by Livingston Parish Schools.
Denham Springs Freshman High Student Erika Attila learns the correct steps in lifting a car to change a tire. Photo provided by Livingston Parish Schools.

Livingston Parish Schools recently rolled out the “pink carpet” for female high school students to encourage them to consider career pathways in the automotive industry.

“Our goal is to better educate and create greater awareness of career opportunities that women have in those career fields that are now male-dominated,” Career Technical Education Coordinator Staci Polozola said. “There is now a high demand for women in many of these fields; but for many girls, these opportunities are not even on their radars.”

Female student ambassadors and high school counselors from each of the nine high schools in Livingston Parish were invited to attend an informational session at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, LA.

The girls heard from local professionals and academic leaders who interested in hiring and enrolling more women in automotive certification programs.

“We hope events like this will expose girls to the required skill sets for non-traditional jobs and to professionals in the field, and create an interest to pursue available opportunities,” Polozola said.

Participating companies and institutions included Baton Rouge Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Neighbor’s Credit Union in Walker, and Gary Lane Enterprises in Baton Rouge.

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