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Date: July 18, 2002 (02-40)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College’s “Growing Teachers” Program Gains Momentum
       Trustees Okay Associate of Arts In Teaching Degree

            An innovative Montgomery College program designed to provide more teachers for Montgomery County Public Schools has moved another step toward reality.  This week, the College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the associate of arts in teaching (A.A.T.) degree program that now is accepting students for the fall semester.

            Board of Trustees’ approval was a necessary step in the process leading to full implementation of the A.A.T., which is aimed at relieving the severe shortage of teachers in Montgomery County and the state of Maryland.  As of now, Maryland’s 22 public and private colleges graduate about 2,500 teacher candidates a year, roughly one fourth of the number the state needs.

            The new community college degree is designed for students who want to become certified teachers.  It provides the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in teacher education and teacher certification.  Then, under a first-in-the-nation Maryland policy, students can transfer to any public or private four-year institution in the state without loss of credit.

            “The program is gaining momentum, with three sections planned for the fall,” says Dr. Ginny Buckner, head of the Montgomery College Education Department and director of the AAT program.  Dr. Buckner says about 40 students have registered for the upcoming semester, many of them taking advantage of the College’s online registration capability. 

            For more information, interested parties may call 240-567-1757; financial aid information is available at 240-567-5100.

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