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St. Landry Parish School Board receives $50,000 grant to help high school students earn a degree

St. Landry Parish School Board
Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 10, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that St. Landry Parish was among eight school systems to receive a $50,000 Fast Forward regional planning grant to help increase the number of high school graduates who earn an associate's degree or apprenticeship before graduation.

According to a release from LDOE, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the allocations Wednesday during its March meeting.

In January, LDOE released a request for applications to support the development of new student pathways as part of its Fast Forward initiative, the release states.

Planning grants are being awarded to a lead regional secondary school system and its higher education partner in each of the state’s eight regions. LDOE and Board of Regents each contributed $200,000 for the total grant cost of $400,000.

The Fast Forward regional planning grant recipients are:

  • Assumption Parish Schools
  • DeSoto Parish Schools
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Schools
  • Jefferson Parish Schools
  • Rapides Parish Schools
  • Richland Parish Schools
  • St. Landry Parish Schools
  • Vernon Parish Schools

Each lead school system will collaborate with post-secondary institutions, business partners and economic development organizations.

The funds will be utilized to create pathways that allow students to earn a Jump Start TOPS Tech Career Diploma or a TOPS University Diploma while simultaneously earning an associate’s degree or participating in a state‐recognized pre‐apprenticeship/apprenticeship opportunity.

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