Jul 20, 2015

Annual Super Summer Institute Provides Teachers with Certifications in Career Fields

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the kick-off to year two of the Jump Start initiative with the 2015 Super Summer Institute, held in collaboration with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and South Louisiana Community College. More than 450 educators from around the state are in Lafayette for the annual Jump Start 2015 Super Summer Institute, nearly doubling last year’s inaugural event. The five-day Super Summer Institute is a continuation of the collective work to provide students courses and credentials that will allow them to continue their education after high school or launch a career in Louisiana’s thriving workforce. It’s an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators to take the necessary steps to revitalize our state’s career pathways by participating in certification trainings.

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.

"Jump Start not only enables thousands of Louisiana students to earn high-wage industry credentials in high school, Jump Start also supports Louisiana’s teachers in earning industry credentials that enhance their capabilities and dramatically expand the value they bring to students and schools across the state,” said State Superintendent John White.

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 is for all students. College-bound students can also earn industry-valued credentials. To achieve the Jump Start credential, students complete graduation pathways of courses and workplace-based experiences developed by Jump Start regional teams made up of industry, colleges, and school districts. Thousands of students in Louisiana are currently pursuing a high school diploma through one of 47 approved graduation pathways. Jump Start Regional Teams are currently developing additional pathways to submit for approval.

In the first year of Jump Start, more than 250 teachers earned certifications at the inaugural Super Summer Institute and the state offered 47 BESE-approved Jump Start graduation pathways, created more than 100 Jump Start Industry Credential Fact Sheets, increased internships and externships, and developed a new suite of Career Readiness courses and materials for middle and high school students.

During the next two schools years, districts will develop instructional capabilities, additional educators will become credentialed to help students achieve industry certifications, and students will have the option of graduation through the Jump Start Graduation Pathways. Full implementation of Jump Start will begin in the 2017-2018 school year.

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

For more information on the 2015 Super Summer Institute and the Jump Start Program, please click here.

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