Louisiana reinventing career and technical education; ‘There is honor in all pathways’

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER FEB 2, 2020 – 9:45 PM

The rebirth of Louisiana’s career and technical education system could become one of the state’s biggest education success stories in recent years.

Not only has the number of students graduating with career diplomas skyrocketed. Some new high school graduates are landing jobs paying $40,000 or $50,000 per year or more, and starting careers that are in no danger of disappearing.

“I believe there has been a paradigm shift in Louisiana from ‘everyone has to go to college’ to ‘there are multiple, excellent options for all students,'” said state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, an engineer herself.

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