Jump Start - Career Education

Jump Start is the state’s new program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high-wage jobs.

Jump Start will be an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma, and a required path for students pursuing a Career Diploma.

Jump Start will ensure students access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and professionals to prepare during their high school schedules for careers in Louisiana’s high-growth job sectors.  Regional Jump Start teams will identify career opportunities important specifically to each region of the state, for which students may earn industry credentials. By offering credentials that give graduates a leg up in Louisiana’s economy of today and tomorrow, Jump Start will prepare our high school graduates for a productive adulthood.


Jump Start Implementation

LDE Network Teams will continue collaborations with districts and schools to operationalize Jump Start implementation focusing on aligning student planning with the elements of Jump Start. Collaborations include Integrated, Regional and Statewide Career pathways, the courses (and scheduling features) that support earning credentials leading to the TOPS Tech Career Diploma as well as updates to Transitional 9th Grade policy, and the TOPS University Diploma requirements and Accountability are included. For more information, contact your network coach or JumpStart@la.gov.


2015 Jump Start Super Summer Institute

The 2015 Jump Start Super Summer Institute is scheduled for July 20-24, 2015
at the South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, LA. The institute,
co-hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education, South Louisiana Community College,
and Louisiana Community and Technical College System, will provide teacher certification training
for Industry-Based Jump Start certifications/pathways: Appendix 3.

To help identify the training needs for Jump Start instructional staff for each LEA,
district/school leadership are completing, by March 10, 2015, a brief survey
located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SuperSummerPreferences.

The Department will pay training costs as well as lunch for secondary instructors during the institute.
Districts are responsible for all travel expenses and a nominal registration fee ($150.00/person) for which districts may use their Career Development Funds (CDF).

Please direct all questions about the 2015 Jump Start Super Summer Institute to JumpStart@la.gov.


3rd Party Jump Start Training Opportunities

The following professional development opportunities are available for CTTIE teachers needing to take the Career Trade and Industrial Education (CTTIE) new instructor course. The course will be offered by the following providers:

  • Calcasieu Parish: Contact Mr. Tony McCardle at tony.mccardle@cpsb.org. (Cost: $200)

  • The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE): Visit their website at http://lrceteach.org/, click here for more information on the workshop, or contact Ms. Jaime Finane by e-mail at jaimef@lrce.org. (Cost: $350 + $65 application fee)

  • IteachLOUISIANA: Visit their website or contact iTeach directly to discuss payment options.


Visit the Jump Start Career Education Library for more resources.

For questions or comments, please email JumpStart@la.gov.