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State Reworking Career Education

Monroe News Star (LA) (02/26/14) Hasten, Mike

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White is restructuring career education into the Jump Start program, which will be implemented statewide in the 2016-17 school year and provide training opportunities for all students, regardless of their career path. "It's time to end the stigma against career education," says White. The program will provide training for students who want good-paying jobs right after high school, as well as classes to help students succeed in college. Juniors and seniors would take regular academic classes and spend as many as half of their school days in career-education classes taught at their schools, community-technical colleges, or industry training sites. Some of the classes would even qualify for college credits. White says the State Department of Education is offering grants up to $75,000 to help establish regional teams comprised of school districts, colleges, and business partners. "This is a step toward creating opportunity for kids. If we don't offer opportunities, we are failing as educators," says White.
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