UPDATE 21 FEBRUARY 2007
Cutting to the chase, what we in Ascension
I asked the Industry Based Certification Committee, a sub-committee of the Workforce Commission of the Louisiana State Board of Education to approve the following:
1.1. Approve an Industry Based Certification called:
“Pre- military Service Certification”
2. Modify the “Louisiana High School Diploma and Diploma Endorsement Requirements”, Other Performance Indicators for Career /Technical Endorsement
3. Approve/acknowledge the military science instructors for the JROTC program as industry representatives responsible for the Mentoring, monitoring and documenting of Work Based Learning
4. Approve/acknowledge that JROTC service hours are Work-Based learning experiences and in fact exceed any comparable experience currently available to high school students
To view a copy of the Power Point presentation for the 21 Feb meeting, click HERE
Background and efforts to date
On 8 November I presented the following information to a group of Louisiana school board Superintendents at Nichols University, in an effort to earn their support in forwarding an initiative to the Louisiana State Board of Education to include JROTC as a Career and Technical field eligible to earn a diploma endorsement. The Superintendents passed a unanimous motion to submit the issue to the State Board and requested that I present the initiative to the State. Though I only represent one military service, this issue has ramifications across all military services and more importantly the students within the JROTC programs.
Background: The state board of education for Louisiana has a Diploma Endorsement process for graduating high school seniors. The specific endorsement of concern to JROTC instructors is the Cluster for "Government and Public Administration, JROTC". Currently, this cluster is not eligible for a Diploma Endorsement in the Career and Technical category. The instructors at St Amant High School, Ascension Parish School Board, have submitted an updated/more correct career cluster and provided the state with up to date rationale for the change. See the following text out of our submission.
The following changes are proposed to the Louisiana Career Cluster and Area of Concentration: Government and Public Administration; Area of Concentration: JROTC
On this web site you can view the following files:
1. The proposed change (MSWord)
The presentation to the Superintendents details the logic and rationale for the change. Any instructor desiring further information please contact Captain Dennis Beaver at 225-621-2537 or 504-258-4837.
Naval Service Training Command JROTC office received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation of the NJROTC curriculum. That accreditation process was completed in September 2006 and the NJROTC headquarters was advised of their accreditation in the attached letter.