Jump Start Career Pathway (also Called TOPS Tech):

  • Consider this pathway if your child wants to get training in a specific type of job during high school.

  • It prepares them for a technical or community college AND trains them for a specific career.

  • They'd graduate with a diploma and one or more "Credentials" for certain types of jobs.

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This option is for students who want to train for a job during high school.

It will give them a jump start on getting the career and technical experience they'll need.  It also prepares them for going on to a technical or community college.

What do you get when you graduate?Image with the subject 'What do you get when you graduate' above the text 'High School Diploma and one or more credentials for a specific type of job. Also called an Industry Based Credential (IBC)'

What classes do you take?

Image with the subject 'What classes do you take? Above the text 'College prep (math, english, etc.) Career Education (Basic Job Skills), Training for specific jobs (Like plumber, cook or EMT)'

Click here for a quick 2-minute video about Jump Start! (It will open in a new window.)

Graduation Requirements are the courses a student needs to take (and pass) in order to graduate.

They are listed in terms of Carnegie Units. One Carnegie Unit means that there has been 120 hours of class time in a certain course. This is usually the same as a full year course.

End of Course (EOC) Assessments are tests students take after each course to be sure they understand the course content. They must get a certain score to be able to count the course and earn the Carnegie Unit.

Jump Start Pathway Graduation Requirements:

Chart showing graduation requirements for Jump Start Pathway Programimage of a clipboard
Must have an EOC Assessment Score of Fair or higher in these courses:
- Algera 1 or Geometry
- English II or English III
- Biology or U.S. History



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Sources: Jump Start Video Network (JSVN) Cowen Institute, SchoolTube, Inc., LDOE