Louisiana STEM Initiative

Louisiana STEM Initiative

Over the next 12 years, Louisiana and the nation will see a surge in the number of job opportunities available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as STEM.

Furthermore, ACT’s 2018 Louisiana State of STEM report showed that 51% of Louisiana students indicated having an interest in STEM majors and/or careers, but only 10% met the STEM benchmark demonstrating their readiness for math and science coursework in college.

STEM Pathways Key Initiative One-Pager

Key Initiative One-Pager

In order to better meet workforce demands, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the LaSTEM Council and the Governor’s office have teamed up to ensure Louisiana’s students have exposure to STEM courses and credentials starting in elementary school and continued through college.

STEM Pathways

Louisiana STEM Pathways are part of the Jump Start Initiative, Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program. The STEM Pathways better prepare students to seek a STEM degree in college or enter the workforce having earned certifications in high-wage career sectors. STEM Pathways are designed for students seeking either a TOPS Tech Diploma or University Diploma.

STEM Pathways Map (January 2020)


STEM Pathway Brief - Biomedical Sciences Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Computing Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Cyber Security Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Digital Design and Emergent Media Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Environmental Protection and Sustainability Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Pre-Engineering Download
STEM Pathway Brief - Pre-Pharmacy Download


ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Biomedical Sciences Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Computing Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - LSU Pre-Engineering Download
ARCHIVED - STEM Pathway Brief - PLTW Pre-Engineering Download

If you have questions about the development of any of these courses, or would like for your school to participate in a pilot, please contact STEM@la.gov.