Louisiana's bid to re-energize its career education program got a $2 million boost Wednesday to expand the effort.
The state is one of 10 that will get the assistance from JP Morgan Chase & Co. over three years, according to the state Department of Education.
Doing so will ensure that the 2014 overhaul, called Jump Start, will be expanded statewide, including new career options for students who can already earn a special high school diploma in construction, welding and auto repairs.
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The money will be in the form of a grant called the New Skills for Youth.
The $75 million initiative last year provided Louisiana with $100,000 in assistance.
"This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a prepared statement that accompanied the announcement.
Jump Start allows high school juniors and seniors to earn national industry credentials.
At least seven of the 23 credits needed for a high school diploma have to be in the student's chosen field.
School districts, two-year colleges and private firms are supposed to be aligned in regional teams to prepare students for meaningful jobs.
Students in Jump Start split their day between job training and traditional high school courses.
State Superintendent of Education John White, also in prepared remarks, said the $2 million grant "will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."
White has said that eventually about one in three high school juniors and seniors in public schools will take part in Jump Start.
The program is supposed to be fully operational for the 2017-18 school year.
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Under current rules students have 47 pathways for earning industry credentials.
The grant is also supposed to finance teacher training and create enough teams of workplace mentors to serve all high school students.
An annual gathering in Baton Rouge to promote Jump Start is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Raising Cane's River Center.
Jump Start was launched after years of complaints about previous career education programs, which critics said attracted few students and modest success stories.