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May 05, 2016

RPCC opens doors to community

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.
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.
Glen Duncan

Gonzales -   Companies seeking employees, health services, local schools, vendors and businesses gathered at River Parishes Community College today for its 8th annual Community/Health Fair. 

 

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 opportunities.

 

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.

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River Parishes Community College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow by providing specific skills training and 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. For more information, please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 743-8500.