LaRunda Hobbs Pierce
Supervisor of Career and Technical Education
 • (318) 449-3198 Office• (318) 449-3167 Fax


Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers students of various ages with the opportunity to become lifelong learners by gaining the academic and technical skills training necessary to succeed in future careers. CTE prepares learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, while providing real-world curriculum that provides a hands-on training component. High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform successfully, and graduate at higher rates.

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The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is approximately 90 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of about 80 percent

More than 75 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school

Nearly 80 percent of high school dropouts have shared that relevant, real-world learning opportunities such as CTE, would have allowed them to become a high school graduate


Jump Start is Louisiana’s innovative program that allows students to focus on career readiness, while aligning their educational goals with Louisiana’s economic development strategies. Jump Start prepares students to lead productive adult lives, with the option to continue their education and training after high school in addition to earning certifications that will create a pathway to prosperity upon graduation.

Students pursuing a TOPS Tech Career Diploma, with ambitions to acquire an industry-based career, are required to attain industry-valued credentials to meet graduation requirements. However, all Louisiana students, even those on the TOPS University Diploma track are encouraged to obtain industry-based credentials in order to prepare for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.
For more information about Jump Start, please visit 

What is Jumpstart

Industry Based Certifications (IBC)

For more information about CTE, please call 318-449-3198 or email