More Success Stories >>
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,"
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