* 1. Thank you for taking this online survey about Jump Start "complementary" credentials.

Our goal is to get input from business leaders across Louisiana about the credentials they value most when hiring young adults for entry-level positions.

We've tested this survey extensively. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. Really!

To start, please tell us which Jump Start region your facility is in.

* 2. Please select the one industry sector that best describes your business / facility.

* 3. Final demographic question: please indicate the size of your enterprise.

We're only offering you three very general categories - please choose the one that best fits.

The questions that follow will be about "complementary" credentials. "Complementary" credentials are different than "core" credentials.

"Core" credentials - like a "major" in college - prepare a student to pursue a specific livelihood. Examples of "core" credentials are welding certifications or advanced EMT certifications.

"Complementary" credentials enable students to master skills or to gain capabilities that have the potential to apply across all industry sectors. This survey will ask you to consider a list of 25 "complementary" credentials.

The purpose of this survey: to get input from business leaders across Louisiana about the "complementary" credentials they value most when considering hiring young adults for entry level positions.

* 4. Below please review 24 different "complementary credentials." These are credentials that we believe might make a new high school graduate with a Jump Start Career Diploma more likely to get hired by a Louisiana business.

Please rate each credential.

  Much More Likely to Hire an Entry Level Applicant with this Credential Somewhat More Likely to Hire an Entry Level Applicant with this Credential This Credential has No Value in our Hiring Decisions for Entry Levels Employees Less Likely to Hire an Entry Level Applicant with this Credential Not Familiar with this Credential Credential Doesn't Apply to Our Industry
Basic Safety Orientation
CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
First Aid (may include CPR)
HAZMAT Transport
Internet and Computing Core Certification
Microsoft Office Specialist - Excel
Microsoft Office Specialist - Powerpoint
Microsoft Office Specialist - Word
NCCER Core
OSHA 1010 Construction
OSHA 1011 General Industry
OSHA 521 Industrial Hygiene
OSHA 2015 Hazardous Materials
OSHA 2045 Machine Guarding
OSHA 2255 Principles of Ergonomics
OSHA 3115 Fall Protection
OSHA 7005 Public Warehousing & Storage
OSHA 7115 Lock-out / Tag-out
OSHA 7200 Blood-born Pathogens
OSHA 7300 Confined Space Entry
OSHA 7415 Construction Industry Hazards
Pre-PAC Broad Field Family & Consumer Services
QuickBooks Certified User
Safe Driving

* 5. Are there any credentials like these - "complementary" credentials that would make you more likely to hire an entry-level applicant - that you want the Jump Start team to know about?

(Please do NOT include "core" credentials like Welding or EMT. They are a separate category of credential. In this questionnaire we're asking only about "complementary" or additional credentials that any student could earn, no matter what other academic and career studies they are pursuing.)

* 6. Please consider those 24 complementary credentials again - plus any additional credentials that you've asked us to consider.

Please indicate what you believe is the most important credential. By "most important" we specifically mean how likely your organization is to hire an entry-level job applicant who has attained this credential.

* 7. Reviewing the same list of credentials, please indicate what you believe is the second most important credential. Again, "most important" means your organization would be more likely to hire an entry-level applicant who has attained this credential.

* 8. Last ranking question. Please review this list one last time to indicate the third most important credential.

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