In local development news:

School systems around the state are embracing Jump Start, a new program designed to train high school students in the technical and skilled trades and get them into the workforce more quickly. This school year is the first in which the program has been in place. According to the Louisiana Department of Education, all of the state’s school districts have joined Jump Start, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved 45 Jump Start graduation pathways, or specific career programs, such as dental, electrician, collision repair and emergency medical tech. The department does not yet have any data on how many students have taken advantage of the program or completed it. The Jump Start initiative goes hand in hand with the Louisiana Workforce Education Initiative, which is designed to change negative perceptions about the technical and skilled trades and is set to launch its initial media campaign in the Fall.

Read full details from the Baton Rouge Business Report here.

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