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High School Training Pays Off Sooner Than Later for Jump Start Students

Performance Contractors and Livonia High School have shared a valuable Workforce Development partnership for many years.  Steven Bomar, Training Coordinator with Performance, networks frequently with the school and students during his visits. His one on one approach with the students enables him to check on the progress the students are making and offers an opportunity to answer any questions from the students regarding workforce careers.   The Vocational Education Department sponsors students annually to attend Pelican Chapter Associated Builder and Contractors, Inc. High School Competitions. Under the direction of Welding Instructor Randy Jarreau, Livonia has been a solid contender not only in competition, but as one of the top schools in regards to students being awarded the top three winning titles.  As Randy Jarreau recollects some of the outstanding welders he has trained over the years, he points out “Understanding what the industry needs in today’s workforce is one of my main priorities.”    

The value Livonia High School brings to the trade industry does not go unnoticed. Pelican Chapter Associated Builder and Contractors, Inc. recently graduated over one hundred and fifty welders including forty- one sponsored by Performance Contractors.   Current Livonia students Ethan Lejeune, Wesley Baggett, and Cedric Patterson completed the course work and intense shop hours to graduate welding level one and Brennan Oubre graduated welding level two. The complex level of understanding and craftsmanship is not an easy task to complete as a high school student and level two completion, while still in high school, is very rare. This accomplishment is a clear indication of the strength of Livonia High School’s Welding Department 

Over the years, Livonia High has not only competed in High School competitions but also in Pelican Chapter Associated Builder and Contractors, Inc. open competition for employed craftsmen. Competitors come from various job sites to compete in welding, carpentry, electrical, pipefitting, and millwright. Cameron Garafola, Cade Garafola, Elliott Harrison, Colby Richard, Kyle Boone, Dylan Graves, Tristan Leblanc, Jacob Leon, Bryce LeBlanc, Stewart Thurman, Hunter Gerace, Andy Landry, Tyler Smith and Ramon Sandoval are just a handful of past or present Performance employees who were hired because of the knowledge and work force ready experience received at Livonia High School.  

More importantly, and inline with the school’s mission statement, countless alumni from Livonia are employed, continuing their education while competing against seasoned industrial arts technicians and thriving at many Performance job sites. Cade Garafola and Andy Landry competed at the 2019 National Craft Championship in Long Beach, California. Cameron Garfola recently competed as a pipe welder at Pelican Chapter Associated Builder and Contractors, Inc Craft Competition and earned 3rd place. High School senior Brennan Oubre has also been active in the competition circuit as he continues to pursue his post secondary education at night with ABC.   Performance supports Livonia High because of their valued belief in developing the workforce of tomorrow.

Livonia High School,  in conjunction with Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, commends all students who are currently enrolled in Jump Start classes and greatly appreciates the value and support of the industries and corporations who partner with our programs.   It is the mission of educators to prepare today’s students for tomorrow's real world opportunities. 
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