More details coming this fall
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana Department of Education is launching a new program to encourage more students to complete apprenticeships or obtain an associates degree in high school.
The Fast Forward initiative will allow students to spend grades 11 and 12 on a postsecondary campus, a high school postsecondary satellite campus or participate in a pre-apprentice or apprentice program.
Dr. Cade Brumley, state superintendent of education, told WDSU that the new program seeks to improve upon similar efforts in the past.
“We know that only about 150 students last year, out of over 40,000, graduated with both a high school degree and an associates degree,” said Brumley. “Those (numbers) are not as high as they should be.”
Brumley said the state is actively seeking partners from colleges and universities, as well as companies interested in participating in the program.
He said students will have options catered to where they live.
“So that might look different in the capital region than it does in the greater New Orleans region or north Louisiana, so that local context really does matter because those jobs are different across the state,” said Brumley.
Brumley added that the goal is to prepare students for a post-pandemic world where they can find work in high-demand fields.
He said students and parents can expect more details about the Fast Forward initiative this fall.
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