Harrison County trying to fill teacher shortage
There is a shortage of teachers in Mississippi, but officials are working hard to fill that gap.
The Teacher Academy in Harrison County is a two year pathway to a teaching career for high school students. This will allow students to graduate high school with their associate’s degree.
Now, many state colleges are looking to add to this experience. Teacher Academy Instructor Heather Cates said, “William Carey is talking about, it’s not into play quite yet, but they want to turn it into a dual credit course so they will get college credits along with taking the class in high school. As well as USM and MGCCC just partnered up for students who are already in the Collegiate Academy or who are planning on being in it they can take their two years in high school, get college credits, their associates and then go onto USM and go into the teaching program.”
After high school students graduate with their associate’s degree they will be able to work as assistant teachers and get paid while they work towards their bachelor’s degree.