BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is partnering with Southern University to suggest a new pipeline system to accelerate students interested in education, amidst a national teacher shortage.

This partnership will allow students starting in the 6th grade through the 12th grade to enroll in college-level courses, preparing them for a teaching degree prior to high school graduation. The 60 hours of college credits earned will save the student time and money on their college journey.

“While one of the most noble callings available, there are many factors involved in the decision to become and remain a teacher,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse, Ed.D. “Current times have created a very competitive job market, so we intend to provide a program that prepares young people with the tools and experience they need to launch their careers.”

The suggested program will be located at Southern University Laboratory School, allowing East Baton Rouge students to attend classes and learn first-hand experiences.

“Being an educator is a profession fueled by a love for students and knowledge. As we face this nationwide
teacher shortage, it’s important to consider ways to address this issue for long-term gains, not just short-term fixes. I’m excited about the proposal for a Teacher Academy because it will help generate new interest in our field, while elevating the amazing educators already in our community,” stated Dr. Tia Mills, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators.