Release Date: December 29, 2009
Contact: Veronica Garaycoa, Teacher Education Advancement Director, 425-388-9040; firstname.lastname@example.org
Diverse Teachers for Diverse Communities
New EvCC Program Seeks Education Students
EVERETT, WA – Future teachers can get scholarships, help finding money for college, mentoring and academic support through Everett Community College’s new Teacher Education Advancement program.
The program also provides career counseling, academic advising, seminars and support for low-income students who want to begin preparing for careers in education at EvCC.
TEA’s goal is to increase the number of teachers of color in local K-12 schools by supporting future education students, explained EvCC’s TEA director Veronica Garaycoa.
“Our state needs more diverse teachers,” she said. “Forty percent of students in schools statewide are students of color, yet only 8 percent of teachers are people of color.”
The low percentage of teachers of color demonstrates a tremendous need to recruit students of color into the teaching profession to meet the needs of the state’s increasing diverse K-12 student population, Garaycoa said.
Participants must have a high school degree or GED, be committed to teaching and working with youth in a culturally and ethnically diverse setting, meet academic criteria, demonstrate financial need and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student.
For more information or to apply, contact Call and schedule an appointment, Veronica Garaycoa at 425-388-9040 or visit EvCC’s Parks Student Union Building, Room 312. TEA’s website is www.everettcc.edu/tea