Jonathan Johnson, a former teacher, has noticed something missing from charter schools in New Orleans: innovation. Johnson has developed a new program, called Rooted, to help combat this trend. Johnson is partnering with Algiers Technology Academy to pilot his program. The program prepares students for the competitive job market by splitting their time between working on digital curriculum/required classes and placing them in “industry focused” project-based learning programs.

“Technology is [creating] the high-wage, high-demand jobs that will be in Louisiana for the next 10 to 15 years,” Mitchell says. “We want to make sure our students are prepared.”

Additionally, Johnson feels as though this new program can keep students out of debt after college, and into competitive jobs. “With Rooted, he hopes to put students $40,000 or $50,000 ahead. “If we could prepare kids for these jobs, and to have upward mobility in these companies, it’s really disrupting the pipeline.””

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Schools And The Competitive Job Market

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