**Editor’s Note:  This event is closed, but press is welcome to attend by appointment. To schedule an interview or video/photo shoot during the event, please contact Carrie Peña.  

Baton Rouge, LA – August 22, 2018 – Career 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 84 college & career coaches and leadership team members. Career Compass coaches will serve in hundreds of public schools across the state in more than half the state’s parishes this year.

James Merritt, also known as DJ DEAF (“Don’t Ever Accept Failure”), will give the opening remarks on the first day. The popular Baton Rouge-based DJ is the official DJ for The Harlem Globetrotters. He is also a successful radio personality, business owner, real estate investor, and motivational speaker.

Other speakers will conduct workshops and breakout sessions throughout the two-day event.

WHO:           DJ DEAF – Day 1 Opening Remarks (9:30 a.m.)

WHEN:        August 23 & 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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 32,000 Louisiana public school students. This is the kickoff event for the 2018-19 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. 

Event sponsors includePre-Eminent Sponsors - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and ISC ConstructorsHigher Education Sponsors - Bossier Parish Community College, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and Louisiana State University College of AgricultureEducational Game Sponsor RoyOMartinLunch Sponsor Raising Cane’s #73 in Prairieville; and in-kind supporters including Community Coffee, Jason’s Deli, Southern Football Tees (SFT), Benny’s Car Wash, Zea Rotisserie and Bar, and Baton Rouge Coca Cola Bottling Company

 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 serves an average of 13,000 seniors and nearly 18,000 6th – 11th graders by partnering with school administrators, teachers, and school 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.

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Contact Information

Carrie Peña, Career Compass of Louisiana - 225-810-2398 - cpena@careercompassla.org