FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 30, 2004
Alexander County Teaching Career Opportunities
CVCC and Alexander County Schools Offer Teacher Education Opportunities
Have you always wanted to become a teacher but don't want to give up home, family and friends in Alexander County to get your education? Catawba Valley Community College may have the solution to your dilemma.
Information sessions on CVCC's Homegrown Teaching Scholars Program are scheduled Tuesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the CVCC Alexander Center located near Wal-Mart in Taylorsville .
A cooperative plan with CVCC and the Alexander County Schools , the Homegrown Teaching Scholars Program makes it possible for qualified candidates to complete a four-year degree in teaching without leaving the Alexander County area. The program also assists students in locating financial assistance and provides enrichment activities and encouragement (mentoring?) 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 one of five area four-year colleges or universities. They can stay home close to family and friends while finishing their education.
Only 12 new spots are available in the program. In order to qualify, individuals must be a resident or former resident of Alexander County , a U.S. citizen and legal resident of North Carolina . They must also have a high school diploma or GED and have an unweighted grade point average of 3.0.
A limited number of scholarships are available for the program. In return, scholarship recipients must agree to teach in Alexander County Schools at least four of seven years after graduating.
Teacher assistants, 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 March 1, 2004, and there is no cost to apply. Applications can be picked up at the CVCC Alexander Center or the Alexander County Schools Central Office.
Interested individuals can also contact Ward-Eller, who works part-time at the new CVCC Alexander Center, for complete details and an application. She can be reached at 828-632-8221 in Taylorsville, or at 828-327-7000, ext. 4302 in Hickory.