|River Parishes Community College nursing student, Danyelle Parrish, Garyville, performs a blood glucose test for Community Fair visitor Heather LaBat, a fellow nursing student from Gonzales.
Gonzales - Companies seeking employees, health
services, local schools, vendors and businesses gathered at River Parishes
Community College today for its 8th annual Community/Health
Students, faculty and members
of the community could spend some time learning from area professionals from businesses,
churches, social services and non-profit organizations in the Ascension area.
Visitors could also get some quick health screenings from members of St.
Elizabeth Hospital staff and students in the RPCC nursing program.
“RPCC is more than just a
collection of classrooms,” said Sharon Lagarde, faculty member and organizer of
the fair. “We are a center of learning, and it really is our responsibility to
create a community-wide educational event. This is good for our students, our
staff, our community members and our neighbors. We are just the catalyst; our
partners today are the educators.”
More than 23 local organizations
set up inside the rooms and halls of the college to provide knowledge in a
variety of subjects: health, careers,
nutrition, family support services, industrial trades, and other learning
Local pizzeria, Papa John’s,
got into the act by donating pizzas for RPCC students to sell as a fundraiser
for the Ronald McDonald House.
River Parishes Community
College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow through specific
skill training and providing transferrable courses and curricula leading to
certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communities
to provide programs for personal, professional and academic growth.