DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College recently received a $249,000 state grant to help more students become teachers.

For 2 years, the college has worked with the Regional Office of Education for Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties and several high schools to create a program that would create more opportunities for students going into the education field.

"One of the greatest needs that the college frequently hears of is the shortage of teachers nationwide, and specifically in the Sauk Valley area," according to a Sauk news release. "To help combat the shortage, SVCC and ROE 47, applied for, and received, a grant to help extend SVCC’s work in career pathways, specifically in education."

The education pathway gives students a path to follow starting in high school that will allow them to earn an education endorsement on their diploma.

To receive the endorsement, students will complete education-focused coursework, including dual-credit courses in education, completing a minimum of 60 hours of hands-on experience, and completing career exploration in various roles pertaining to education, including administration, counseling, and various specialized areas. 

Schools in the partnership include Fulton, Morrison, Rock Falls and Dixon high schools, and the Whiteside Area Career Center.

The program also will be able to identify students as early as middle school and align their coursework with a focus on education.

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