This year Red River High School, along with 9 other schools from North Louisiana, participated in manufacturing tours. It was part of the observance of Manufacturing Week.
Every fall north Louisiana highlights the workforce needs of manufacturers by celebrating Manufacturing Week. This year from September 30th to October 11th, students and teachers were exposed to the modern manufacturing environment and the skills needed to be competitive for manufacturing jobs. Since its creation in 2011, the participation of students and manufacturers have grown 7 fold.
On October 9, 12 students, along with teachers Ms. Ashley Dees and Mr. Doyle Bell, toured the ADA Carbon Solutions plant in Coushatta. Seventeen students along with their instructors took a trip to Mansfield to tour International Paper. These on site trips allows the students to know what jobs are available as well as put them in contact with potential employers.
Manufacturing Week encourages early high school students to consider manufacturing training available to them while in high school, through the Jump Start Career Diploma, an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry based credentials in their chosen field and be career and college ready.