BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Later this week, the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School system will roll out a cradle to career initiative allowing students to earn diplomas and college degrees.
Inside Glen Oaks High School’s auditorium, parents received information on how the program will work.
Monica Robertson’s son is an incoming freshman at Glen Oaks High School and with this new program set to launch this fall, he can earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time.
“I was always telling my son ‘you need to keep your grades up.’ I’m very excited about it. It lets me know his future will be bright,” said Robertson.
The ‘Pathway to Bright Futures’ program partners with Baton Rouge Community College.
“This is going to be vitally important for our students starting off from ninth grade so by the time they graduate they can go right into the workforce if they choose to. So now students have real options. You can go to college or you can go directly into the workforce,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools Board Member Dadrius Lanus.
He said the best part about it is that it’s free for students.
“Our students will have a two-year advantage, meaning that it’s going to be completely free so we’re cutting their debt down,” said Lanus.
For parents like Robertson, this alleviates some stress when it comes to college finances.
“It’s going to save me money on tuition when he does go to college,” said Robertson.
She said this initiative is a sign that her son will have all the opportunities he needs to succeed.
“Coming into this meeting, I know his education will be successful,” said Robertson.