Jorge Peñas (Masters Student, Department of Genetics)
On Tuesday March 20th, 2018 students and faculty from all six schools at LSUHSC came together to teach over 2,000 high school students about careers in healthcare at the Youthforce NOLA career exposition. The event took place at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena and was sponsored by the YouthForce NOLA, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Youthforce NOLA is an education, business, and civic collaborative that prepares New Orleans public school students for the successful pursuit of high-wage and high demand career pathways. LSUHSC faculty, staff, and trainees volunteered their time to talk about their health science careers, training programs, and prerequisites for admission. LSUHSC event organizers were Dr. Fern Tsien (Director, Science Youth Initiative and Research Experiences for Undergraduates), Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace (Co-Director, Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Office of Diversity and Community Engagement), Ms. Martha Cuccia (Co-Director, Science Youth Initiative), Daryl Lofaso (Director of Simulation Operations) and Gerlinda Davis (Office of Diversity & Community Engagement Outreach Coordinator).