College Offers Program To Address W. Va. Teacher Shortage

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GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – Glenville State College is offering a new program to help address West Virginia teacher shortages in critical areas.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Glenville State College announced in a statement on Thursday that its Home Grown program seeks to help students interested in a career as a teacher. It will offer peer and professional mentoring, advising, competitive scholarships, intensive tutoring and real-world teaching experiences for students.

The number of teacher vacancies in West Virginia has risen from more than 400 three years ago to 700 in 2017. Areas of critical need include special education, math, early education, and science.

Students from 15 counties are eligible to participate in the program.