Apr 07, 2014

Initiative Supports House Bill 944 by Rep. Jim Fannin

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the formation of 12 Jump Start Regional Teams around the state with 52 school districts participating. Nine of those regional teams, comprised of 45 school districts, applied for funding through the
Jump Starting Jump Start grant. These nine regional teams will receive approximately $450,000 to launch the initiative for the 2014-2015 school year. Jump Start Regional Teams – public-private partnerships made up of school systems, charter schools, two-year and four-year colleges, local industry, and economic and workforce development experts – will collaborate to develop innovative courses of study for students pursuing a career credentials such as dual enrollment college credits and industry certificates.

"Jump Start provides all students a path to the middle class, through industry coursework and college credits,” said State Superintendent John White. “The three-quarters of districts signed up for Jump Start’s first year shows the overwhelming energy educators have for providing students these opportunities.”

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.

Jump Start supports House Bill 944 by Rep. Jim Fannin. Under this legislation, students pursuing a Career Diploma would count the same in the accountability system as any other graduate in the state.

To view the regional teams including the participating school districts, higher education institutions, and economic development partners, please click

For more information on Jump Start, please click here

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