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

2015 Jump Start Super Summer Institute (SSI) is being held at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette, LA from July 20 - 24, 2015. SSI will provide teacher certification training for Statewide Jump Start Industry-Based Certifications and is being co-hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education, South Louisiana Community College, and Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
LDE will provide all registrants with a final registration confirmation email by Friday, June 5. Additionally, all registrants will receive an email from the session facilitator by June 11.
Districts / charters received an invoice, via email the week of May 25th, indicating total registration fees due by June 19, 2015. Each district / charter should submit payment accompanied with a copy of the on-screen registration confirmation / message for all teachers registered. Mail payment to:
Louisiana Department of Education
Appropriation Control
ATTN: Michelle S. Hill
P. O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
Hotel information can be found here.
Please direct all questions about the 2015 Jump Start Super Summer Institute to JumpStart@la.gov.

3rd Party Jump Start Training Opportunities

The Louisiana Department of Education has updated the guide to 2015 Third Party Jump Start Industry Based Certification (IBC) training providers for teachers. Most of the trainings in this guide will NOT be offered at Super Summer Institute. See the attachment below for training details.

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

  • The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE): Visit their website at www.lrce.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)

  • Northwestern State University: For more information visit their website, email  education@nsula.edu, or click here to register.
    (Cost: Tuition $450 plus $20 application fee)

For additional information, please email martha.moore@la.gov.

Visit the Jump Start Career Education Library for more resources.

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