Louisiana prepares to launch Jump Start technical track program in August
This week in Louisiana, educators from colleges and 65 of the 70 public school systems in the state will train to administer courses from the state’s career-education program. The program Jump Start aims to create opportunities for high school students who want to pursue career and technical education instead of general-education or college-preparatory curriculum.
Colleges and businesses are partnering with secondary schools to offer students industry-specific credentials in fields such as carpentry, welding and plumbing. The Jump Start program is set to launch in August of the 2014-2015 academic year.
The 300 educators attending this week’s professional development are required to take and pass a test in their respective fields at the commencement of each session. This will upgrade their teaching certifications and give them the ability to teach the career courses.
Louisiana’s Education Superintendent John White said that the turnout is “evidence of the eagerness our educators have to develop new technical skills and return to schools next month ready to prepare our students for credentialing opportunities.
White also stated that this program is an effort to break stigmas around career education: only 1 percent of Louisiana’s high school graduates earn a career diploma.
I feel that this program is a wonderful way to encourage more students to further their education. It’s wonderful that Louisiana schools and colleges are so willingly supporting one another in the efforts to encourage students to follow their dreams. I think Superintendent White is on the right track with the Jump Start program and hope that it does break the stigmas surrounding career education.