Haughton High senior Bradley Rachal is using this summer to look deeper look into the career field he has chosen to pursue.
His plan is to obtain a petroleum engineering degree at LSU Baton Rouge next year and find work in the oil and gas industry. Rachal feels confident in his choice after spending a week at Energy Camp Louisiana, hosted by Bossier Parish Community College this week.
“I know what I need to do now to prepare for my own future,” he explained.
Energy Camp Louisiana is a fun-filled week of hands-on activities to engage and challenge the minds of high school students during the summer months. Its curriculum is designed to teach students about fossil fuels, alternative energies, energy efficiency and conservation.
Camp instructor Christy McKay said the program has really grown in its five year existence. She added that it’s also an outlet for students to venture into the future while still in high school.
“When they first discovered Haynesville Shale, little was known about its existence unless you knew someone involved in the oil and gas industry,” she said. “Now, [the students] know it’s here. We’re just opening their eyes to all of the career opportunities that come with it.”
Two additional camps are scheduled this summer for June 23-27 at Southern University-Shreveport and July 8-11 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
Incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from Caddo, Bossier, Red River, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes who are eligible will be able to attend this unique, hands-on experience.
There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee to attend Energy Camp Louisiana. Need-based scholarships are available.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (318) 678-6590.