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7/11/2017 Jump Start Summers Program Successful
Several students in the Catahoula Parish School District participated in a unique summer program in which they gained skills for future jobs, earned high school credit, and received various work certifications, while at the same time getting paid for going to this summer school program.
The program, a first of its kind in Catahoula Parish, was called “Jump Start Summers,” and was offered this year by the Catahoula Parish School Board through a grant from the Louisiana Department of Education.
The first of three sessions began June 5, 2017, and commenced on June 23, 2017, with sessions being held at Block High School.
Students worked on resumes, prepared for mock interviews, and prepared for certification exams in Customer Sales and Service, OSHA 10, Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2), American Red Cross First Aid/CPR, and Work Keys assessments. One guest speaker was Ms. Sondra Redmon, Director of Workforce Development with Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA). Ms. Redmon shared information related to workplace readiness and the relevance of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Nine students were preselected to participate in each week of the program with preference given to students currently in the Jump Start Pathways, a high school path for students who plan on entering the workforce immediately after graduation from high school. Each of the three-week courses, June 5-9, June 12-16, and June 19-23, had nine students, although not necessarily the same nine. Each week that students attended afforded them with a $7.25 per hour stipend, being paid like a real job, earning high school credits, and getting real workplace certifications. Additionally, students received an additional $50 per credential attained. “We are proud to announce that all participating students successfully completed all of the attempted certification exams,” Dr. Gwile Paul Freeman, Superintendent, announced. Nearly all of the grant was designated for student salaries. This equates to 80 percent of the grant going to the students.
This unique collaboration resulted in this joint grant effort between the Catahoula Parish Schools and the LaSalle Parish Schools. The program served 54 students in both Catahoula and LaSalle Parishes. “I am appreciative to the administration of LaSalle Parish Schools for working with us on this successful program,” Dr. Freeman added.
June 26, 2017 Catahoula Parish School District’s High School Graduation Rate Ranked Second in State for Growth
The number of students graduating annually from Louisiana high schools has remained steady and more students than ever before are earning college credit and credentials valid in high-wage industries, according to results released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education. The results also highlighted recent gains made by Louisiana graduates in earning eligibility for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS, and in completing forms to register for federal financial aid.
The long-term gains come amidst a five-year push by Louisiana schools to increase not only the number of annual college graduates but also the number of graduates earning employer-validated "Jump Start" credentials and early college credits through programs such as dual enrollment and College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Catahoula Parish School District is pleased to announce that they are ranked second in the state in growth of the cohort graduation rate with an increase of 13.4 percentage points over the previous year. “We are proud of the hard work of our students, faculty, and parents with the improved cohort graduation rate,” Dr. Gwile Paul Freeman, Superintendent, said. Furthermore, Catahoula Parish School District is ranked second in the state in students’ submission of FAFSA (financial aid). “We are appreciative of the efforts of all stakeholders in the achievement of these accomplishments,” Dr. Freeman added.
A new grant received last week by the Catahoula Parish School Board and the LaSalle Parish School Board will allow high school students to earn money this summer while also earning academic credits. Read more
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