"Fort Polk is vital to the area. We hope to unite
the installation and the surrounding communities
to care for its soldiers and their families. It's our
-Michael Reese, Fort Polk Progress President
Vernon Parish Schools offer a multitude of educational opportunities for students
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - The 2010-2011 school year marked the first full year of implementation. STEM plans included advanced leadership training and teacher professional development, expansion of advanced placement courses in math and science, and incorporating more technology, like social media, into classroom activities.
CTE - Career and Technical Education - Many of the districts' plans for CTE aim to increase the number of industry-based courses offered, and provide professional development opportunities for the teachers of those courses.
CENLA Work Ready Network - The Cenla Work Ready Network is a system designed to link education with workforce development efforts and to align them with regional economic needs. Key components include Career Ready 101, a career training course that prepares students for certification with a WorkKeys Assessment.
Career Ready 101 - a web-based, career training course that prepares students for certification with WorkKeys assessments.
Industry Based Certifications (lBCs) - Through an Industry-Based Certification (IBC) students have the opportunity to receive extra training and employability skills in a certain industry or business, like construction or certain medical fields.
WorkKeys Assessment - WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that measures foundational and soft skills. Assessment through WorkKeys can lead to earning the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) - a portable, evidence-based credential that measures essential workplace skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success. The NCRC Plus adds a soft skills component that links personal characteristics to work-related behaviors. The Network also provides assistance to high schools for the development of Industry-Based Certifications (IBCs).
Advanced Placement utilizes standardized testing for students to potentially earn both High School and College credits.
Dual Enrollment offers students the opportunity to take college courses while attending High School. The courses are offered through Northwestern State University (NSU) and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC).
Career Compass of Louisiana - Based in Baton Rouge, Career Compass of Louisiana is an educational nonprofit dedicated to helping high school students in their post-secondary endeavors. Its mission is to remove obstacles that would keep students from succeeding following high school graduation. Career Compass holds grade-specific seminars for students in 11th and ninth grades. Juniors learn about the ACT and other college requirements. Ninth graders are taught to start preparing for life after high school.
CENLA Jobinator - The Jobinator was created to get young people interested in the Cenla Work Ready Network. Realizing teenagers are a tough audience, the Jobinator is intended to relate to teens in a way that adults sometimes can't. He's funny, and he gets students to think about their futures. The Jobinator made 26 appearances in Central Louisiana high schools during the 2012- 13 school year, and more appearances are planned. He shows up during lunch, catching students when they're hanging out in small groups. He has his own website- Cenlajobinator.com - as well as a presence on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. He uses language that teens understand and can relate to. On his website he says, 'Are you sick of hearing this question? What are you doing after high school? UGH.' His social media posts are silly: 'Not a good idea to eat Oreos before a job interview. Trust me on this.' Or, 'One interview question you must never ask: When is nap time?' But his words all drive home the simple message that if you want a successful job or career after high school, you need to have the skills.
Summer Camps – To be announced at the Education Symposium!