Louisiana education board backs overhaul of career-track diploma

Public high school students who aren’t college-bound will soon need to obtain job skills certifications before they can receive a diploma, under plans that received support Thursday from the state education board.

The redesign of Louisiana’s career-track diploma, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don’t intend to go to a four-year university.

White said the new program, called “Jump Start,” will better prepare students for available jobs in a state where only 28 percent of residents have a degree from a four-year or two-year college. He said the remaining students need skills training to fill the jobs available to them.

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