Become a Skilled Trade Worker with the Industrial Training Initiative

Are you interested in learning a skilled trade that will prepare you to work for local industrial employers? This may be the program for you. 

The North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative (NBRITI) is sponsored by ExxonMobile and Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). This program provides training, credentials, and job placement for students in four in-demand fields. 


  • Electrical – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Millwright – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Pipe Fitting – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Welding -upon successful completion, receive  X-ray certification


Each program is 52-weeks long, and classes meet twice per week from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The program also contains job placement assistance and career fair opportunities for its graduates. 


While the program is designed to fully prepare you for a career in your chosen field, successful students will display timeliness, attention to detail, and strict adherence to safety protocols.  


Written by Karla Stewart

Thank-You Letters for the Job Search

“Thank you.” A tiny phrase with incredible power. You’ve no doubt heard that it’s a good idea to send thank-you notes on certain important occasions, such as when you receive gifts for a wedding or graduation. Few people realize that thank-you notes also form an important step of the job search process. After a job interview, informational interview, job fair, or networking event, you’ll want to send a thank-you letter to follow up.

Are thank-you letters still necessary?

I know, it seems a bit old-fashioned. The days of Emily Post are long past, and it’s tempting nowadays to think of etiquette as an antiquated ritual. You may wonder if anyone will care – or even notice – if you don’t send thank-you letters. We strongly advise against this way of thinking. Sending a thank-you will never hurt your cause, and in some cases, it can help immensely in the following ways:

  • It shows that you care enough to make an extra effort.
  • It keeps you in the forefront of the recipient’s mind.
  • It gives you one last chance to showcase your passion and enthusiasm.
  • It reminds the recipient of your best skills and accomplishments.
  • It allows you to show off your written communication skills.
  • It puts you ahead of other candidates who didn’t write thank-you letters.

how to write/format a thank-you letter

  • Start  with a Salutation such as “Dear Mr. Smith,” then write the Body of your letter:
    1. Begin the body of your letter by thanking the person for taking the time to speak with you.
    2. Reiterate your interest in the position/company/industry. If possible, refer back to specific information you discussed when you met with them.
    3. Restate a few of your most relevant and impressive skills/accomplishments, so that the person remembers what you have to offer.
    4. End with a call to action that addresses the next steps in your job search process.
  • Include a Closing (something like “Sincerely” or “Yours Truly”), then your Signature.
  • Make sure that your letter doesn’t look crowded. Skip a line after each of the above sections and after each paragraph of the body.
  • If your letter is emailed, make sure your signature includes all of your contact info – name, email, phone, and LinkedIn profile.
  • If your letter is printed, include a Heading with your name and contact info at the top of the page. Also include today’s Date and the Address of the recipient, above the salutation.
  • Be prompt! Send your letter within 24 hours after the meeting. Send a different letter to each person you met with – don’t just email one letter to everyone.

winning example

Dear Ms. Parker:

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me yesterday for your Project Manager position. After our conversation, I am more convinced than ever that ABC Industries would be the perfect place for me to work. I was especially impressed by your description of the unique solutions your company came up with to address the COVID crisis. I look forward to working with such creative and flexible innovators.

I believe that I would be an asset to your organization. My skills exactly match the job as you described it. With my 7 years of project management experience, much of it managing 30+ people, I have a proven track record of seeing complex projects to completion ahead of time and under budget. I would be delighted to bring these skills to use for your company.

I am looking forward to your decision. In the meantime, if you have any more questions for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Jane Doe

The Career Center is here to help! You can visit us at 7711 Goodwood Blvd for one-on-one assistance with writing your job search letters.

Written by Lynnette Lee

October YouTube Video Roundup

There’s a chill in the air, leaves crunch underfoot, and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s officially the fall season – which here in Louisiana, only lasts about two weeks. But though the seasons may change, one thing that will never change is the Career Center’s commitment to providing guidance to jobseekers. To that end, here are our latest YouTube videos:

job search basics playlist

making a good first impression

You’ve got only one chance to make a good first impression on hiring managers and business contacts. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee shares tips for presenting a professional and polished image, whether you’re at an interview, job fair, or other business meeting.

How to succeed at a job fair

Job fairs can be a great way to jumpstart your job search – but if you’re not fully prepared, you may leave a poor first impression on hiring managers. In this video, Lynnette Lee discusses the most common job fair mistakes and how to avoid them.

job interview questions playlist

How to answer, “Do you have any questions for us?”

Asking smart insightful questions at the end of a job interview can showcase your enthusiasm and foresight. In this video, Lynnette Lee and Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discuss some of the best questions you can ask in order to find out whether the job is the best fit for you.

en espanol playlist

como solicitar un trabajo con jack in the box

In this video, Career Specialist Andre de la Fuente demonstrates – in Spanish – the step-by-step process of applying for a job at Jack in the Box. Una guía para el proceso de solicitud de empleo para Jack in the Box.

Written by Lynnette Lee

Should You Put Your Vaccination Status on Your Resume or LinkedIn?

Many workplaces are changing hiring policies in order to comply with new state and federal regulations about the COVID-19 vaccine. According to job search site, data shows that job postings requiring vaccinations increased by 242% from August to September 2021. The outcome of other recent surveys point into a similar direction: one third of hiring managers in one survey said they would eliminate candidates that are not fully vaccinated against COVID. With that in mind, could being fully vaccinated – and advertising that fact on your resume – give you a leg up over other candidates?

a simple question with a complex answer

So, should you be upfront about your vaccinations status and include it on your resume and/or LinkedIn profile? As with so many issues in the job search orbit – it depends. It will depend on your industry, on your role, and on your location. Some industries have stricter vaccination rules, such as healthcare and education. Jobs that work closely with many people, e.g. nurse, physician, or teacher might be more inclined towards vaccine mandates. And some states and municipalities have stricter vaccine mandates and rules than others.

Because conditions differ so much across the country and between industries, our number one recommendation is: do careful research into your potential employer.

Putting your “fully vaccinated” status on your resume would be advantageous if:

  • You know that your potential employer requires it and/or the job add specifies that vaccine status needs to be included on the application
  • The city or parish/county the employer is located in has a vaccine mandate
  • Through careful research (by talking to current employees, following local media and social media) you have gleaned that the potential employer is generally pro vaccine
  • The potential job involves a lot of travel (as being vaccinated makes travel easier)
  • You want to work for an employer that has mostly vaccinated employees

Not putting your vaccine status on your resume would be advantageous if:

  • You are unsure of the potential employer’s stance on the COVID 19 vaccine
  • Through careful research (by talking to current employees, following local media and social media) you have gleaned that the potential employer tends to lean against vaccine requirements
  • You are not planning to apply at companies that would require or favor vaccinations anyway

What about Linkedin?

Putting your vaccination status on LinkedIn differs from putting it on the resume in so far that you can tailor the resume for each employer. But if you add #fullyvaccinated on your LinkedIn profile it is out there for any employer to see, regardless how they lean on the issue.

Advertising vaccine status on resume or LinkedIn profile can be advantageous and give you an edge in recruiting, or it can achieve the opposite. This is a tricky topic that warrants careful research and consideration of your own as well as your potential employer’s attitudes toward the COVID 19 vaccine.

September 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

Good news for jobseekers: The current shortage of workers in many fields means that right now is an excellent time to look for a new job. Even better news: The Career Center is here to help you make that transition and achieve your career goals. Check out our latest YouTube videos for advice on a variety of career-related subjects:

how to pay for college

Trying to figure out how to afford college can seem overwhelming. In this video, we’ll discuss how to navigate the different options for financial aid, loans, scholarships, and grants. The presentation will include explanations of need-based vs merit-based aid, strategies for finding scholarships, and techniques for choosing affordable schools, with especial emphasis on Louisiana-based schools and scholarships.

Seven deadly sins of the job search playlist

part 6: going it alone

As a savvy jobseeker, you’ve prepped your resume, social media, and interview skills. What you may NOT have prepared for is how emotionally draining the job search can be – stressful, disheartening, and lonely. The secret to getting through it: don’t try to go it alone. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses the options jobseekers have to get support.

job interview questions playlist

how teens can answer, “what are your greatest strengths?”

If you don’t have much work experience, you may struggle to identify your greatest strengths as an employee. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Aaliyah Newton demonstrate how the skills you gained through school and extracurricular activities can transfer over to the workplace. 

Common Job Application Tutorials playlist

how to apply for a job at o’reilly

Calling all car nuts, motorheads, and grease monkeys! In this video, Career Specialist Rick Wright walks step-by-step through the process of applying for a job at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Written by Lynnette Lee