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Nine JPPSS Students Complete Dual-Enrollment Program with Delgado in Inaugural Year of Program

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) today announced that nine students will receive a Certificate of Technical Studies in medical registration from Delgado Community College this spring, becoming the first cohort of JPPSS students to complete the dual enrollment program established last summer between JPPSS and Delgado.

“We are thrilled with the success of the dual enrollment program in its first year, with nine students completing the medical registration specialist program and positioning themselves to be competitive for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the healthcare industry right out of high school,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr.

“We’re extremely proud of these students’ accomplishments and wish them the best,” said Delgado’s Interim Chancellor Deborah Lea. “This momentous academic achievement is to be celebrated and recognized as the outcome of the hard work and effort they’ve put forth this year. They have blazed the trail for others to follow and Delgado Community College is committed to continuing its work with more dual enrollment students to that end.”

As part of its plan to create direct career pathways for graduating students, JPPSS formalized its partnership with Delgado on a dual enrollment program for juniors and seniors attending JPPSS high schools in June 2013. The one-year medical registration specialist program is the first to be offered through the dual enrollment program.

“We began with this program because the medical registration specialist position is one that is currently in demand in locally and nationally, and the demand is projected to increase even more in the next few years,” said Meza. “The current salary range of the position in the New Orleans area is between $25,000 and $32,000, which is a very competitive starting salary for a student coming out of high school.”

To complete the medical registration program in one school year, students are required to take one or two classes each semester at their high school and between 12 and 15 credit hours each semester at Delgado. Students receive high school credit/Carnegie units along with transcript credit from Delgado that can be used towards an associate’s degree. This year, three of the nine students participating in the dual enrollment program earned enough credits to graduate from high school one year early.

The students who have completed the medical registration specialist program are as follows:

Bonnabel High School

  • Marlena Bruno
  • Gianni Millan
  • Kimberly Murga
  • Sydney Young

Grace King High School

  • Dakota King
  • Angelica Matamoros

L.W. Higgins High School

  • Balen Butler
  • Jasmin Gosey

West Jefferson High School

  • Kiranisha Frazer

The students will receive their Certificate of Technical Studies during Delgado’s commencement ceremony on May 20, 2014, during which Meza is scheduled to deliver the commencement address.