|For Immediate Release (01-08)
Date: February 2, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
Montgomery College Teams
with UMBC and MCPS
On Teacher Recruitment & Training
Leaders from Montgomery College, the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Montgomery County
Public Schools today launched an innovative new teacher
recruitment and education program, "Recruiting at Home: Students
Connecting early and following through are
the keys to this new partnership. Dubbed a "2+2+2" program for
its structure – potential MCPS teachers are recruited in their
final two years of high school, attend Montgomery College for
two years, and complete their final two years of study at UMBC –
the program is the first of several teacher recruitment and
development partnerships being struck with community colleges.
MCPS will orient high school juniors to
the teaching profession and provide pre-internship experiences
and internship opportunities for participating students.
Students who wish to enter the program apply to both Montgomery
College and UMBC and follow a structured, four-year curriculum
drawing on the resources of both institutions.
"What makes this program special is the
amount of synergy present," says Eugene Schaffer, chair of the
UMBC education department. "Students in the cohort are
concurrently enrolled at Montgomery College and UMBC -- this
goes beyond articulation to a merging of each institutions
resources and program."
After four years, the students will
graduate with an associate’s degree from Montgomery College, a
bachelor’s degree from UMBC and Maryland teacher certification.
MCPS will work with the students throughout their collegiate
career, providing internship opportunities and, prior to
graduation, recruiting them to teach in Montgomery County,
bringing the program full-circle.
Approximately 25 percent of teachers hired
each year by MCPS are graduates of the school system. The
Recruiting at Home program will provide a way to increase these
numbers and to enhance the quality of the students' preparation
for a career in teaching. UMBC will provide students in the
first cohort, which is expected to enroll approximately 25
students in the fall of 2001, with $500 scholarships for their
time at UMBC, counseling and internship placement into
Montgomery County schools.