Lackawanna Co. — Keystone College has received an 18,500 dollar grant from the Scranton area community foundation to support the learn and earn educational program.
This program will address the need for substitute teachers as well as the declining number of teaching certifications.
"We’ve come up with a really innovative program to allow these individuals to go to work in the school districts and actually go to work while they’re learning and get a certification", John Pullo, President of Keystone College, said.
Individuals who have a bachelor's degree but are looking for a way to quickly become a certified teacher will benefit from this program and be able to work with partnering school districts.
These districts include Dunmore, Valley View, Nanticoke, Riverside, Western Wayne, Dallas, Pottsville, Hazleton, Hanover area and Lakeland.
“It’s going to be flexible, it's a new program so we're going to be as flexible as we can and do innovative teaching because that’s what it is about", Joyce Avila, a mentor for the program, said.
Participants in the program will be given a mentor who will observe the way they teach and will be given critiques as well as support.
“ This is a program that I have a mentor I can actually work with while taking the courses. It's actually an awesome opportunity and it's something that's really worthwhile", Alexandra Laporte, a mentee in the program, said.
The participants in the program will also be required to take a weekly course to learn and sharpen their teaching methods and styles. For more information on the program visit their page.