LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish Schools has decided to take a waiver on career diplomas and implement the program next year.
However, the school board has already begun preparations for the career diploma program.
Today the school board met with local industry professionals today to discuss guidelines for the new career diploma program.
"The purpose of the plan is to give students who are not necessarily college prep students, another diploma where they learn skills and focus on careers," says David Buller, Administrative Director of High Schools.
The board decided they will open the career diploma program to all students entering the 9th grade in 2010.
Students who earn career diplomas can only attend community colleges.
The board is looking at offering 32 different majors which range from carpentry, welding, and culinary arts.
David Buller stresses that the curriculum planned for a career diploma will not be all that easy.
"There's a misconception that the standards have been lowered, that's not true, they still have to take some basic courses and they have to take some extra classes the other students don't," says Buller.
But aside from the course load, the school board encourages all 9th graders to look into the career diploma program.
Today was only the beginning of several meetings the school board and industrial professionals plan to hold.
The group plans to meet again next month to complete the curriculum development portion of the career diploma program.