• New Dual Enrollment Program to Create Affordable Pathway to a Teaching Degree

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    January 18, 2019
    Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston Community College and the NC State
    College of Education are establishing a dual enrollment program and piloting an Associate in Science
    (Teacher Education Concentration) degree to create an affordable pathway to earn a teaching degree
    and to supply highly-qualified teachers for Johnston County.
    “We need to continue to strengthen the talent pipeline for North Carolina teachers. The Associate in
    Science (Teacher Education Concentration) offers a seamless teacher preparation pathway that begins in
    high school,” said Lisa Chapman, senior vice president and chief academic officer with the N.C.
    Community College System. “This Johnston County Schools, Johnston Community College and NC State
    College of Education partnership will engage potential teachers early in their high school career, will
    ensure they understand the available teaching opportunities specifically in Johnston County, and
    understand what those opportunities require in terms of preparation and what they provide in terms of a
    career. The planned support from all three partners provided throughout the Associate Degree (including
    the dual enrollment coursework) will help students stay on track, maintain momentum, and complete their
    baccalaureate with minimal debt.”
    Through the partnership, Johnston County residents will complete their Associate in Science (Teacher
    Education Concentration) from Johnston Community College. If they complete the program with at least a
    3.0 GPA, they will matriculture into a teacher preparation program at NC State University. As the students
    work toward completing their bachelor’s degree, they will receive field-based experiences in Johnston
    County.

    The Associate in Science (Teacher Education Concentration) is the first of its kind within the North
    Carolina Community College System, and will serve as a pilot to help prepare teachers who serve rural
    communities in the state.
    "Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, there is a teacher shortage nationally and we cannot continue
    to do the same things over and over again. We have to tackle this ourselves,” said Johnston County
    Public Schools Superintendent David Renfrow. “We need Future Teachers of America clubs at
    elementary, middle and high schools to groom anyone who wants to be a teacher. Thanks to this
    program, we can now start growing our own teachers in Johnston County.”
    In its initial phase, the dual enrollment program is recruiting high school students and employees in the
    Johnston County Public Schools, as well as current Johnston Community College students.
    “Johnston Community College has trained early childhood educators for many years, and we are excited
    about the opportunity to now partner in this dual-enrolled program and grow our own highly-qualified
    teachers in Johnston County,” Johnston Community College President David N. Johnson said.
    Rather than being a traditional 2-plus-2 transfer program, the dual enrollment program is taking a
    “wrap-around approach” to identifying and supporting future teachers. Future teachers will be identified as
    early as high school; and once students begin working on their associate’s degree at Johnston
    Community College, the NC State College of Education will be involved throughout the program by
    providing academic advising, co-teaching, synchronous classroom experiences and on-campus
    enrichment opportunities that align with the college’s course of study.
    “This initiative represents the best of collaborations to ensure a seamless pathway to develop the
    talents and aspirations of students who will return to their community to teach,” said NC State College of
    Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz. “We look at this program as becoming a prototype and an
    exemplar for other districts, community colleges and four-year institutions to help address a critical
    workforce shortage.”
    The Associate in Science (Teacher Education Concentration) program will enroll its first students in Fall
    2019.
    Contact:
    Traci Ashley, Senior Director, College Communications
    (919) 209-2563

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