I attended the annual Governor’s West Bank Luncheon with a special guest recently. Mark Breecher is a senior at Fisher Middle-High and our half-day career technical school, Cuillier Career Center. Governor John Bel Edwards was the keynote speaker. As Gov. Edwards spoke about ways to move our parish forward, I though about how fitting it was to share the table with a young man who exemplifies the type of student we need to help build the best Jefferson Parish.
Thanks to his work in our career and technical education (CTE) program, Mark will graduate with much more than a high school diploma. This standout machine shop student will have earned an Industry-Based Certification in manufacturing and has on-the-job experience from his paid industry internship. He’ll also have college credits from our dual enrollment program with Delgado Community College. As Mark begins to plan for “what’s next” after high school, he’ll do so equipped with a nationally recognized credential and professional experience in an industry deemed high-need and high-wage by the Louisiana Workforce Investment Commission.
Jefferson Parish needs more students like Mark and our many other CTE success stories. Studies show that CTE plays a vital role helping American businesses close the skills gap. A highly skilled workforce attracts more business and industry to our community.
As much as CTE benefits our parish as a whole, it means even more to our students. Today’s CTE is a balance of high-level academics and real-world application, whether it’s witnessing the complex science behind an internal combustion engine or writing a detailed business plan. CTE students graduate high school certified and experienced in an array of industries, from health care and automotive to business management and digital media.
CTE is for all students, regardless of after graduation plans. I urge you to learn more about the options available to our students. Visit our CTE page on the website or call 504-736-1874 for more information.