The attending TeachWV Grow Your Own students are among the 250 high schoolers statewide participating in the pilot program designed to provide high-level supports to help them earn teacher licensure at reduced cost and time. To date, these students have saved approximately $90,000 in dual credit college tuition during the pilot year.
“We need these incredible high school students to join the ranks of the teaching profession in every way,” said Gov. Justice. “The relationships they are building with our excellent Milken Educators will be extremely helpful as they start their careers and for many years to come. I am so proud that West Virginia is putting a stake in the sand and committing to investing in our student’s futures by helping them get teaching degrees.”
“We must want the world for our students so they can see its grandness and see their own possibilities,” WVBE Member Sullivan told the future educators. “Our students need encouragement to understand that they have the means to build better futures for themselves and for the world. The future of your world will be right there in your classroom. We need you now more than ever to raise up generations of strong West Virginians. As you look into your students’ eyes, you will see their heartaches and dreams that can be unlocked by you. You are not just touching the future you are shaping it. What other profession has such noble claims?”
“We are pleased to see the progress of the Milken Educator Network in West Virginia and the impact it is having on the next generation of educators,” Milken Vice President Bishop said. “Nurturing and inspiring new teachers is central to our vision, and West Virginia is a true representation of that vision and purpose.”
Milken Educators spent time in round-table discussions with the high school students to share their experiences, offer guidance and answer questions about college, career and other aspects of the teaching profession.
For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or Christy.Day@k12.wv.us.