Grants Support Teacher Professional Development at Local High Schools
The Alliance for Education, the Community Foundation and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the awarding of five competitive school improvement grants to Booker T. Washington, Captain Shreve, Green Oaks, Huntington and North Caddo High Schools.
The Alliance for Education awards support the statewide Jump Start program designed to prepare students for college and careers and connect those students to excellent job opportunities in their future.
“There are lots of companies in our region with high paying jobs that don’t require the completion of a four year university degree,” said Dr. Phillip Rozeman, Chairman of the Alliance for Education. “This grant supports our schools’ efforts to provide pathways to middle class jobs for the thousands of students in Shreveport Bossier who may not want to pursue a university degree.”
The design of Jump Start career pathways require teacher professional development and credentialing. These Alliance grants are designed to support those efforts.
“Jump Start is Louisiana’s recognition that high schools can and should prepare students for a range of post-secondary options, including technical training and industry credentials,” said Dr. Timothy J. Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “Jump Start gives students both exposure to the range of career options available in our region and access to the credentials that can help students be successful in those fields.”
“Giving our students career options and industry-certified training is a must in today’s workplace economy,” said Paula Hickman, Community Foundation executive director. “The Jump Start grants help make that a reality for our schools.”
“The American Dream depends on preparing students for their future success,” said Dr. Rozeman. “These Jump Start grants are about creating opportunity.”
This project is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation. Jump Start is Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program. Jump Start prepares students to lead productive adult lives, capable of continuing their education after high school while earning certifications in high-wage career sectors. Jump Start is an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma. For more information on the JumpStart program, visit www.louisianabelieves.com.