Acknowledgement of Success

The Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana would like to shine its spotlight on Gage Porche for all of the hard work he has done as a Career Pathways participant.

Gage is a 21-year-old member of the United Houma Nation Tribe of Louisiana. With the help of our Career Pathways Program, made available through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund Grant, he recently graduated from Fletcher Technical Community College with his Associates degree in Cardiopulmonary Care Science. He also completed his Advanced Level Respiratory Therapist curriculum and is planning to relocate to practice Respiratory Therapy at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Gage has always had a passion for science and appreciates the many benefits of the medical field.

“I love being able to incorporate problem solving and science in a manner that brings about a better state of being for an individual,” he said.

Like many tribal members, Gage struggled with financial barriers along his path to education. He is grateful for the many ways his experience on the Career Pathways Program here at ITC has helped him to grow and achieve his goals.

Gage said, “… ITC has given me the ability to move past those failures, financially speaking, and freed up parts of my mind to focus on the task at hand.”

Gage had a special message for all the people here who have helped him during his time on the Career Pathways Program.

“I would just like to thank Brandy Solet for helping me with my initial application, Racquel Parfait for managing my case throughout the year I was in school, and Maryal Mewherter for doing such a good job with my relocation paperwork. I’m very grateful for everyone who was behind the scenes in this process, and wish them the best.”

Well wishes to you too, Gage, and to all the tribal members we serve throughout Louisiana.