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Jump Start program preparing students for industry boom

1 year 9 months 4 days ago January 21, 2015 Jan 21, 2015 Wednesday, January 21 2015 January 21, 2015 8:00 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana added nearly 19,000 industry jobs over the last year. As that number continues to grow, the Department of Education's Jump Start Program aims to fill the growing demand with skilled workers from Louisiana. Industry leaders will be meeting today to map out a blueprint for 2015 and putting it into action.

Jump Start is a state program connecting high schools, colleges and businesses in hopes of leading teens to high wage jobs with career diplomas. According to the program, only 28% of Louisiana high school students earn a four or two-year college degree, but the majority of jobs require more than a high school diploma.

"The most important thing for principals and others that are attending to know is that this is an opportunity for you to earn accountability points for your school by having your students go through some time of career path and complete a credential," ABC Director of Education and Training told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan.

In the end, he says it's the students that benefit most.

"The student now as a career opportunity when he graduates to go straight into industry," he explains.

We'll have more on the Jump Start program later today on News 2. Watch this video for more information.


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