Turner Industries’ Workforce Development Manager, Wayne Tyson, and Baton Rouge’s Istrouma area School Zone Steering Committee kicked off the Istrouma School Zone Initiative on Monday, October 3rd. The initiative hopes to alleviate poverty for students and their families in the Istrouma area, leading to increasing school attendance and graduation rates.
Wayne and his subcommittee will support and supply the welding program at Istrouma High School, a program Wayne has independently worked on in the past. Their motto, “connecting school to the future,” does exactly that. Partnering with ExxonMobil, Wayne and his group mentor students and encourage them to consider careers within the heavy industrial industry. “We want to connect with students by teaching them respect for themselves and others while showing them the earning potential within our industry,” Wayne said.
The ceremony kicked-off with a performance by the Istrouma High School marching band, and ended with the unveiling of a community garden, one of the first projects in the new initiative. The garden will aid in community development, teach students responsibility and provide families with local, fresh produce.