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Louisiana high school students will soon have more options to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, while earning career credentials and transferable course credit at Louisiana State University (LSU) and Xavier University, as the result of four new Jump Start pathways.

One of these was approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in June, and the remaining three earned approval from a BESE committee yesterday and are expected to be approved by the full board at its regular meeting today.

The new pathways include:

Xavier University Pre-Pharmacy: Approved by BESE in June, the Pre-Pharmacy STEM pathway is a blended curriculum of natural sciences and industry practice, and instruction to prepare students to compete in the 21st Century through exposure to the fundamentals of pharmacy in the classroom and career experience rooted in the development of key skills, knowledge, and behaviors conducive to success in the workplace.

LSU Biomedical Sciences: immerses students in the rapidly advancing world of biomedicine and exposes students to the myriad of careers in biomedicine focusing on the health of both animals and humans.

LSU Computing provides a computer science, computational thinking, and computational science program. Through hands on projects, the curriculum prepares students to compete in the 21st century job market by engaging in understanding the fundamentals of computing.

National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) Cyber Security allows students to engage in a program that combines computer science, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on projects and interaction with industry professionals.

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