• Fast Forward

    Through the Fast Forward program, students can work towards an associate’s degree or an apprenticeship while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Jefferson Parish Schools is proud to be the designated Fast Forward lead for region one, providing access to industry partnerships and the expansion of coursework that integrates rigorous technical and academic instruction.

    Jefferson Parish Schools students have the option to participate in one of three Fast Forward pathways:

    • Fast Forward Jump Start 2.0 – Students may dually earn a technical associate degree and a Jump Start TOPS Tech Career Diploma.
    • Fast Forward Tops University – Students may dually earn a universal transfer degree and a TOPS University Diploma.
    • Fast Forward High-Demand Apprenticeship – Students may participate in a Louisiana Workforce Commission approved pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program and dually earn a Jump Start TOPS Tech Career Diploma.

    Why should a student consider working towards an associate’s degree while still in high school?

    The Fast Forward program prepares students to enter high-skill, high-wage and high-demand jobs immediately upon graduation. Participating in a Fast Forward pathway is an investment in the student’s future career and earning potential.

    How is Fast Forward different from dual enrollment?

    Through the Fast Forward program, students can work towards an associate’s degree, universal transfer degree or apprenticeship in addition to working on their high school credits. Students pursuing a TOPS Tech Career Diploma have a lighter course load requirement for graduation, providing them with the time and opportunity to work towards an associate’s degree while still in high school.

    Dual enrollment is the simultaneous enrollment of a student at both high school and college in which the student receives credit on both their high school and college transcripts for the same course. For example, a student may enroll in a college-level math course and receive both a high school and college credit for the one course taken.