The Louisiana Department of Education has launched its Web portal, All Things Jump Start, providing over 200 valuable resources for students following a Jump Start pathway and for teams of educators and industry officials to effectively implement Jump Start — the state’s program for school districts, colleges and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences for students.
The program enables students to attain high-demand industry credentials and certifications while in high school that lead to high-wage careers, a news release said.
Information about Jump Start training, student internships, teacher externships and graduation course requirements is featured on the website.
To achieve the industry credentials, students complete graduation pathways of courses and workplace-based experiences developed by Jump Start regional teams made up of industry, colleges and school districts.
The North Capital Region team includes the school districts of East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and Zachary.
The St. Helena school district is part of the north shore team, including Bogalusa, Livingston, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington.
The portal provides educators and businesses with implementation resources in sub-directories that are useful in ensuring students graduate through one of the 47 Jump Start pathways best aligned with their interests, the release said.
Additionally, the site includes easier access to more than 100 credential fact sheets for schools to help students earn those industry credentials leading to high-paying jobs.
State Superintendent John White said the user-friendly website simplifies the entire Jump Start process by providing resources at the touch of a button and one-stop shopping for students, educators and industries involved in the program.
During the next two school years, districts will develop instructional capabilities; additional instructors will become credentialed to help students achieve industry certifications; and students will have the option of graduating via the Jump Start Graduation Pathways.
With all of the state’s school districts participating in Jump Start, Louisiana is one year ahead of the implementation schedule and full statewide implementation is expected by the 2017-18 school year, the release said.
Over the past year, regional teams and school districts have shared about $1.1 million in Jump Start grants and more than $5.4 million in career development funds, both used to support the program.
To access the Web portal, visit louisianabelieves.com/courses/all-things-jump-start.