PANEL RECOMMENDS 23 JUMP START GRADUATION PATHWAYS DEVELOPED BY REGIONAL TEAMS

Aug 07, 2014
Pathways Include Courses and Credentials to Graduate with Jump Start Career Diploma

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the first 23 Jump Start Graduation Pathways that will be submitted to BESE for formal approval in October. These Jump Start Graduation Pathways will enable students to attain industry credentials in job sectors as varied as Construction, Agriculture, Information Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary and Retail. Jump Start Regional Teams developed these graduation pathways, which provide descriptions of courses leading to the industry credentials required for students to graduate with a Jump Start Career Diploma.

“Jump Start provides students real world opportunity to pursue career credentials and to continue their education after high school,” said State Superintendent John White. “Today’s announcement shows that the Jump Start approach of calling on local institutions to create the educational experience is working.”

Over the last several months three Jump Start Regional Teams of colleges, school systems, and employers developed these graduation pathways and presented them to the Jump Start Graduation Pathway Review Panel. Jump Start Graduation Pathways are new course progressions that Louisiana students can use to earn a Jump Start Career Diploma. Students must take a minimum of 9 course credits in a graduation pathway, which can include high school courses, dual enrollment college courses, internships and industry training. Students must also attain industry credentials in order to graduate with a Jump Start Career Diploma – these are credentials valued by employers when they make hiring decisions for entry-level positions.

The Graduation Pathway Review Panel recommended 23 of the 28 pathways submitted in this first round of consideration for state approval. These graduation pathways will be presented to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) during the board’s October meeting, along with several dozen more that Jump Start Regional Teams across the state will develop and submit over the next 60 days. The Jump Start Graduation Pathway Review Panel is comprised of representatives from Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the Department of Education.

The three Jump Start Regional Teams that submitted this first wave of proposed graduation pathways were:  1) the Capitol Region team (consisting of education and industry representatives from nine parishes in and around Baton Rouge);  2) the Greater Acadiana team (consisting of education and industry representatives from seven parishes in the Acadiana region);  and,  3) the Gulf River Parishes team (consisting of education and industry representatives from seven parishes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge).  There are 11 active Jump Start Regional Teams across the state, encompassing all parishes.

Below are two examples of approved graduation pathways.

  • The Welding statewide pathway will enable students to choose from over 100 different high school, dual enrollment, and internship course credit opportunities to create an individualized graduation pathway. In order to graduate, students will be required to earn a Level 1 certification or above from either NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) or AWS (American Welding Society). The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council (WIC) approves certifications like NCCER construction crafts certifications for statewide graduation pathways when they qualify students to attain high-wage entry-level employment in high-growth job sectors.

  • The
    Agriculture Technician regional pathway will enable students to choose from over 100 course options in order to pursue a career in one of Louisiana’s essential industry sectors. In order to graduate, students will be required to earn a Core credential for their regional pathway (akin to a “major”) that prepares them to pursue a specific livelihood. Examples in this pathway include National Institute for Metalworking Skills Level 1 certification or Equipment and Engine Training Council Two Stroke Engine Technician certification. Students will then also have to earn two “Complementary” credentials that will help them attain entry-level employment when they graduate. The Agriculture Technician pathway lists 14 “Complementary” credentials, from Red Cross First Aid/CPR and Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils Basic Safety Orientation to a variety of computer (Microsoft Office, Quicken and Internet and Computing) and OSHA safety certifications.

The current list of graduation pathways recommended for BESE approval by the Jump Start Graduation Pathway Panel is included in the table below.

 

Statewide Graduation Pathways

(Students complete 9 CTE credits in a graduation pathway and attain a WIC-approved statewide credential)

Automobile Service Excellence

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

Carpenter

Industrial Operations and Maintenance

Certified Mechanical Apprentice Drafter

Internet Wed Foundations

Certified Nursing Assistant

Manufacturing Specialist

Collision Repair

Mobile Crane Operator

Emergency Medical Technician

Oil & Gas T2

Fashion Design for Costume & Film

Prostart/Restaurant

Four Stroke Engine

Web Design Professional

Health Sciences

Welder

HVAC

 

Regional Graduation Pathways

(Students complete 9 CTE credits in a graduation pathway and attain a combination of regional industry credentials)

Agriculture Technician

Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary, and Retail

Digital Media and Entertainment Technology

Welder’s Helper



Following BESE approval of Jump Start Graduation Pathways, students can begin utilizing these courses and credentials to graduate with either an Advanced or Basic statewide credential, or a combination of regional credentials. These credentials are designed to provide students with lifelong value, while helping them gain high-wage, entry-level employment upon graduation.

Jump Start Regional Teams across the state can review these graduation pathways to determine if they are relevant to the aspirations and interests of their students, and then adapt and adopt them in their regions.

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, allowing them to continue their education after high school, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high-wage jobs. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Jump Start in March. Development of the final plan began in spring 2013 and involved statewide tours and dozens of public meetings. Through Jump Start, students will have 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.

Leading up to the launch of Jump Start for the 2014-2015 school year, more than 250 teachers spent a week at the Jump Start Super Summer Institute earning certifications needed to teach Career and Technical Education courses. Certification training was provided in high-wage career areas expanding in Louisiana, including welding, carpentry, electrician, manufacturing, certified nurse assistant/aide, and computer technology.

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