Ouachita Parish students getting paid for summer courses

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - For most kids, summer break means no school, but some students in Ouachita Parish are still going to class and getting paid for it.

It's part of the state-wide Jump Start Summers program.

The high school students get on-site experience, high school credit, and 500 dollars for completing the program.

Students can study in fields like health sciences, manufacturing, and business.

It's all funded by the Louisiana Department of Education.

"It's jump-starting them if they intend to go to a college,” Ouachita Parish Jump Start coordinator Angela Jenkins says. “Perhaps they may go to Delta to refine a particular skill, for example, welding. After that, they will go into the world to work."

The state requires programs to have at least one industry partner for the students' shadow jobs or work as interns. Jenkins says the program is looking for business partners for next summer. She says businesses also benefit from the program by training eager workers for the future.

"There is so much opportunity available. There are so many students that would be interested in the opportunities that they have and it would allow us to groom them before they go into the workforce," she says.

This was the first year for the program in Ouachita Parish. 93 students were part of the inaugural program.

Ouachita Parish Schools is encouraging parents and potential business partners to contact them for more information. For more information, call 318-432-5000.