Aug 27, 2014 12:49 PM by KATC
Louisiana Department of Education announced Wednesday round two of Jump Starting Jump Start grants aimed at increasing career guidance, apprenticeships, and internships provided to Louisiana high school students participating in Jump Start.
Jump Start is the state's new initiative to provide students with basic and advanced career credentials that allow students to continue their education after high school. To achieve the Jump Start credential, students complete "pathways" of courses and workplace-based experiences developed by Regional Teams made up of industry, colleges, and school districts.
"From the first six months of Jump Start implementation, we know that two of the most important elements of the Jump Start experience are regular career planning and access to experiences in the Louisiana workplace," said State Superintendent John White. "Too often today, students are not regularly planning for life after high school and have a minimal understanding of the expectations involved in holding an actual job. We must change this."
Jump Start Regional Teams may submit grant applications focused on either or both of the following two goals:
Increase career counseling capacity: Career counseling enables an engaged adult to interact with high school students to help them understand their college and career options. This second round of Jump Starting Jump Start grants will help thousands of additional Louisiana students receive guidance from an engaged adult on how they can attain employment in one of Louisiana's high-growth job sectors, while also determining what type of traditional or non-traditional college and career training pathways might work best for them. Grants will help fund training and professional development for school counselors and teachers.
Develop regional portfolios of workplace experiences for students: Historically students in different school districts have not had equal access to the types of authentic workplace experiences (e.g., guest speakers, job location visits, internships, apprenticeships, etc.) that help students learn about career paths they might pursue. Jump Starting Jump Startgrants will make it possible for thousands of Louisiana student to learn more about careers and life opportunities based on the input and guidance of industry experts, both experienced industry leaders and "near peer" recent graduates who have attained employment in high-growth job sectors.
The deadline to submit grant applications is September 26. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider grant award winners at the October meeting.