ST. CLOUD — A new program took place this summer for high school students interested in pursuing a career in teaching.
The St. Cloud Area School District has partnered with St. Cloud State University to provide 12 students with the unique opportunity to spend a week on campus and learn about the field education.
dr. Jennifer Muller is dean of the School of Education at St. Cloud State. She says the Future Teacher Academy was for students who were underrepresented in the teacher demographic.
We really try to help students who may have an interest in education due to the teacher shortages we are experiencing at the moment, and in particular to help ensure that our teaching workforce reflects the students they will be working with .
Each of the students who participated received three college credits, 10 hours of field experience, a $125 stipend, and the promise that when they graduate from a college or university teaching, many employment opportunities will await them in the district.
Funding for the program came in the form of a $75,000 Grow Your Own grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Mueller says they plan to apply again in the next round of grants.