As part of its Education Initiative, The Rapides Foundation funds The Orchard Foundation to administer programs associated with its Career and Postsecondary Readiness strategies. One of those programs is the Students Exploring Career Opportunities (SECO) Expo.
The SECO Expo is an interactive, student-focused event designed to introduce public school students to career possibilities and is available to all tenth graders from the nine Central Louisiana public school districts served by the Foundation.
SECO provides a dynamic venue for students to experience simulations and demonstrations from industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction, finance, and others. It is specifically designed to provide tangible hands-on activities aimed at fostering student engagement and ultimately sparking an interest in future careers. SECO provides tenth graders with the opportunity to get a head start in learning about different careers in Central Louisiana. Providing career information to this age group can help make school more relevant and can be a key contributor for them to stay in school and graduate.
The next SECO event is tentatively scheduled for November 17 and 18, 2021, dependent upon pandemic mitigation measures allowing for gatherings. Funding for SECO is provided by The Rapides Foundation and other funding partners. To learn more about attending, participating as a business partner, or becoming a funding partner for the SECO Expo, contact The Orchard Foundation at TOFinfo@theorchardfoundation.org 318-767-6560 or 1-800-804-8454.