Jul 07, 2014

Super Summer Institute in Lafayette Provides Teachers Certification in Career Fields

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Department of Education today announced the start of the Jump Start 2014 Super Summer Institute in Lafayette, held in collaboration with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and South Louisiana Community College. The five-day institute will provide 300 initial teachers from local school districts and LCTCS campuses the opportunity to upgrade current certifications in Jump Start career pathways. The Super Summer Institute is an important component of Jump Start, the state’s new initiative for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing graduates with career credentials that offer life opportunities.

Institute classes will be taught by industry-certified instructors from high schools, colleges, private companies, or the certifying agencies who oversee the certification. At the conclusion of each session, participants will be required to take and successfully pass a test. Those who pass the test will be certified in the career field they studied, allowing them to teach students courses that grant career certificates.

“The Jump Start Super Summer Institute is an opportunity for high school and college educators to take the necessary steps to play a part in the revitalization of our state’s career pathways by participating in certification trainings,” said State Superintendent John White. “Their attendance is evidence of the eagerness our educators have to develop new technical skills and return to schools next month ready to prepare our students for credentialing opportunities. It’s through this institute that we will advance college and career education, along with workplace preparation in Louisiana.”

Training will be provided in high-wage career areas that are expanding in Louisiana, including welding, carpentry, electrician, manufacturing, certified nurse assistant/aide, and computer technology.

Funding for the Jump Start Super Summer Institute is provided through federal Carl D. Perkins grant funds.

For more information on the 2014 Super Summer Institute and the Jump Start Program, please click here.

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