St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Robottom Addresses Graduates of the South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus

Robottom Addresses Graduates of the South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus

Monday, June 18, 2012

The South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus graduated over 200 students at its 33rd Commencement Ceremony held at New Wine Christian Fellowship Church in LaPlace.  It was the largest graduating class in the school’s history, hosting 215 graduates with technical degrees in a variety of fields and Parish President Natalie Robottom delivered the commencement address.
“This graduation is everything to me. I am 33-years-old and I can finally say ‘I did it.’ My goal was to graduate, and here I am, graduating with honors and everything. Look at me,” said LaKimmy Lathers.

Robottom, who describes herself as a life-long learner, encouraged the graduates to  join her in continuing to grow as students and as citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish. “You are entering a competitive job market, but by completing your training program, you can enter the workforce pipeline with the skills required to acquire a great job.  You’ve acquired the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to achieve success not only in the job market, but in life."

Robottom went on to say, "You’ve worked hard, stayed the course and earned your reward.  But with this accomplishment comes responsibility - a responsibility to yourself, your community, and your country.  And I have all the confidence in the world that you will live up to that responsibility.”

Ms. Cindy Poskey, River Parishes Campus Administrator, said 50 to 65 percent of graduates have already found jobs in their related fields.  South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus is located in Reserve, LA and offers certificates, technical diplomas, and associate degrees in ten programs leading to exciting careers for students seeking long-term employment.  “A technical college is critical to the area of St. John the Baptist Parish because the majority of the jobs and occupations in this area require the education and training provided through a technical college.  Without this technical level of training, economic development in this region of the state could be impeded,” said Poskey.

For additional information about South Central Louisiana Technical College, visit www.scl.edu.    

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