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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 28, 2005

Teaching Career Opportunities Available
For Alexander & Catawba County Residents

Have you always wanted to become a teacher but don't want to give up home, family and friends to get your education? Catawba Valley Community College may have the solution to your dilemma.

Two information sessions on CVCC's Homegrown Teaching Scholars Program scheduled for Alexander County residents will be held at the CVCC Alexander Center Monday, February 7, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, February 8, at 6 p. m .

Information sessions for Catawba County residents will be held in the CVCC Auditorium on the main campus on Monday, February 21, at 2 p.m. and Monday, February 21, at 6 p.m.

The Homegrown Teaching Scholars is a cooperative plan with CVCC, the Alexander County, Catawba County , Hickory Public and Newton-Conover City Schools . The goal of the program is to recruit and encourage the brightest and best local teacher candidates and help those students become outstanding teachers. The program also provides enrichment activities, financial aid information, and mentors students throughout the complete four-year educational journey.

Students complete their freshman and sophomore years of college at CVCC and then take junior and senior level classes at area four-year colleges or universities. With many of the area universities and colleges offering off-campus programs in teaching, students can stay home close to family and friends while finishing their education.

Interested individuals must be a resident of Alexander or Catawba County, a U.S. citizen and legal resident of North Carolina. They must also have a high school diploma or GED and have one of the following: a grade point average of 3.0, minimum 83 on the Reading COMPASS Placement Test, 460 Verbal SAT, or previous college grade point average of 2.75. The most recent score will apply.

A limited number of loans are available for the program. In return, loan recipients must agree to teach in Alexander County Schools at least four of seven years after graduating.

In addition to graduating high school seniors, teacher assistants, and adults who have completed some or no college courses are encouraged to apply. Those who have a college degree, but are interested in changing careers may also be eligible.

The application deadline is April 1, 2005, and there is no cost to apply. Applications can be picked up at the CVCC Alexander Center, the Alexander County Schools Central Office, the Catawba County School System Central Office, the Hickory Public Schools Central Office, or the Newton-Conover City Schools Central Office.

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