HCSD Partners with WCU to 'Grow' Teachers

HCSD Partners with WCU to 'Grow' Teachers

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) The Harrison County School District is the first school district on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to partner with William Carey University in the “Grow Your Own” initiative, a program designed to help fight the state’s critical teacher shortage. On February 26, 2021, HCSD Superintendent Roy Gill signed a “Grow Your Own” partnership agreement with William Carey leaders. HCSD directors, administrators, instructional literacy coaches, and a group of Teacher Academy students gathered to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

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“Grow Your Own” enables high school students who want to become classroom teachers to fast-track their careers through a combination of dual enrollment classes, an accelerated schedule, and tuition waivers. Through the program, students can graduate from WCU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in just three years. The curriculum includes employment as teaching assistants, so students will also be able to enter the state retirement system and qualify for state benefits during their second year at WCU.

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Having a qualified teacher in every classroom is very important to the future of the state, and this collaboration is a great opportunity for the HCSD to help attract and train aspiring teachers who want to work and make a difference in their own communities.

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