Roland Coloma, professor and assistant dean for Teacher Education in the College of Education, quoted in La Prensa, “Program addresses Michigan’s certified teachers’ shortage.

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La Prensa, 4/17

Program addresses Michigan’s certified teachers’ shortage

Wayne State University’s College of Education is offering a new summer program to address the shortage of certified teachers in the state. The college will offer a two-week, non-residential college-readiness program designed specifically for underrepresented students interested in a career in teaching, said Roland Coloma, assistant dean for the college’s Division of Teacher Education. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore the teaching profession and engage with current Wayne State students and education faculty on a one-to-one basis, thus creating a pipeline from the high schools to Wayne State University. Students will explore the benefits of a career in teacher education, learn about applicable college scholarships and be provided with university resources for a successful college experience. The program will begin Monday, July 8, 2019 and last through Friday, July 19, with a selective group of 35 students. “Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of students who represent the student population in the schools,” said Coloma. “By becoming a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children and create learning opportunities for all children by removing barriers to learning, creating equal access for all.”

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