**Editor’s Note:  Event is closed, but press is welcome to attend. To schedule an interview or video/photo shoot during the event, please contact Carrie Peña (info below). 

Baton Rouge, LA – August 18, 2017Career Compass of Louisiana, a nonprofit organization focused on improving Louisiana students’ access to college and career pathways, will hold its annual training for its statewide corps of 80 college and career coaches. These coaches will serve in 184 public schools across the state in 38 parishes.

Dr. Jim Henderson, President of the University of Louisiana System and Career Compass board member, will give the opening remarks on the first day. Other speakers will conduct workshops and breakout sessions throughout the day.

For the first time, Career Compass invited corporate sponsors to support the event. Sponsors are: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (Pre-Eminent Sponsor), Carline Companies, Moniotte Investments, and two donors who wish to remain anonymous.

WHO:           Dr. Jim Henderson, President, University of Louisiana System - Day 1 Opening Remarks

WHEN:         August 23 & 24, 2-17  2017, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm.

WHERE:       Healing Place Annex, 19202 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

WHY:           The two-day intensive training experience in Baton Rouge brings together the statewide coaching team and prepares them to engage with an estimated 47,000 Louisiana public school students. This is the kickoff event for the 2017-18 school year, and it sets the tone for the entire year. Coaches depart inspired and armed with knowledge and tools to help students overcome any obstacle to post-secondary success.

About Career Compass of Louisiana

Established in 2006, Career Compass is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, serving school districts in more than half of Louisiana school districts. Its goal is to increase the number of students in Louisiana who attend a post-secondary institution upon high school graduation (technical, community and four-year universities). Trained, professional college and career coaches work with students statewide to remove the obstacles that keep them from pursuing a post-secondary education. Nearly 100% of the students who work with Career Compass apply to a post-secondary school as seniors. Career Compass annually assists an average of 12,000 seniors and nearly 23,000 6th – 11th graders by partnering with school administrators, teachers, and counselors to ensure that students have a pathway to college and career. Career Compass is a low-cost and effective partner for public schools to build a college-going culture and prepare students to succeed beyond high school.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders. We are an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of Louisianians. With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to Louisiana residents, as well as a full line of Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, we have eight regional offices to serve our customers around the state.

Blue Cross is deeply committed to the communities we serve. We invest both time and money in the health and wellbeing of Louisiana children by supporting more than 200 charitable organizations. We invite and encourage all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media through our online hub at bcbsla.com/social.

About Carline Companies

Carline is a marine company located near Baton Rouge, LA, on the Mississippi River at LMR MM183. With the right equipment and qualified employees to get the job done, the Carline Companies are ready to handle any job. Carline provides fleeting, barge movement, repair services, and barge, crane, and dock equipment.

About Moniotte Investments

Moniotte Investments is a limited liability company (LLC) headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Contact Information

Career Compass of Louisiana - Carrie Peña - 225-341-2161 - cpena(a)careercompassla.org