WHAT IS JUMP START?
Jump Start is Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program. Jump Start prepares students to lead productive adult lives, capable of continuing their education after high school while earning certifications in high-wage career sectors.
Students are required to attain industry-promulgated, industry-valued credentials in order to graduate with a Career Diploma. (Jump Start is an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma.)
Schools receive the same accountability grade credit for preparing students for careers in high-demand job sectors as they do for students who achieve top academic honors.
LOUISIANA'S JUMP START PROGRAM
Jump Start program is a new paradigm for career and technical education (CTE),
requiring students to attain an industry--‐promulgated,
industry--‐valued credential in order to graduate high school.
–Louisiana Career Diploma had fallen into disrepair and was seldom used.
Students with the Career Diploma were not prepared to attain
entry--‐level jobs in high--‐demand industry sectors.
Unfilled jobs in these high--‐ demand industry sectors continue to detract
from Louisiana’s economic growth.
–Louisiana’s Jump Start program, which for the first time aligns Louisiana’ s
K--‐12 CTE strategy with the state’ economic development
strategies. Jump Start regional teams –consisting of school districts, colleges, businesses and workforce / economic
development experts –collaborate to provide career courses and workplace experiences to high school
students. Students have the opportunity in
high school to earn industry--‐valued, industry--‐promulgated credentials in the career fields most likely to lead to high--‐wage jobs, while preparing them to continue their post--‐secondary education (in 2--‐ and 4--‐ year colleges) and career development.
Schools receive the same credit in their letter grade for students who earn a nationally--‐ recognized certificate in a high--‐demand job sector as they currently do for students who score 3, 4 or 5 on an
AP test. Schools will be rewarded for preparing their students for college and
career. Jump Start courses and training will be offered to all high school students
regardless of diploma pathway: as elective credit for students pursuing a TOPS
Academic Diploma and required credit for students seeking a Jump Start Career