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IRCC Combats Teacher Shortage

Courtesy of Indian River Community College

Indian River Community College has been awarded Federal and State grants totaling $863,000 for new programs that recruit and educate teachers and fast-track adults with Bachelor's degrees into local classrooms. The keystone is a multi-faceted Grow Our Own Teachers project that motivates and prepares adults, as well as high school and community college students, to enter the pool of prospective teachers. A companion project, Teach-for-Florida, is preparing 60 university graduates for certification and teaching positions by next fall.

" IRCC is moving quickly to implement innovative and flexible programs to recruit and educate teachers," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRCC President. " With the demand far exceeding the supply of certified teachers, it is vital that we introduce more people to this rewarding profession."

The program has generated a great deal of interest with over 600 potential teachers attending the initial information session.

" By eliminating roadblocks and providing effective preparation, many adults become interested in switching to a teaching career," Dr. Massey added.

The $795,000 Federal grant was made possible with the support of Congressmen David Weldon, Mark Foley, and Alcee Hastings.

For more information on Indian River Community College, visit http://www.ircc.cc.fl.us.