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Innovative teacher certification program launches from regional partnership

On Dec. 9, 2022, Bethalto’s Civic Memorial High School held a ribbon-cutting event for its new American Education program, which started during the Fall semester.

This program is funded through an American Pathways grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The “grow your own” program allows students to begin working towards their teacher’s certification while earning four credits from Lewis and Clark Community College. This innovative program is a step toward helping solve the teacher shortage problem that plagues many communities across Illinois and throughout the nation. All students enrolled in this program are guaranteed a job interview upon completing their teacher certification.

Regional Office of Education (ROE) #41 Superintendent Robert Werden, Bethalto Community Unit School District Superintendent Dr. Jill Griffin, Civic Memorial High School Principal Justin Newell, Instructor Angie Neilson,  Lewis and Clark representatives Yvette McLemore, Cathy Laramee, and Birdie Pruessner, along with students enrolled in the program, participated in the ribbon cutting. “This program is an example of how hard work and multiple stakeholders coming together can be a part of the solution to solving the teacher shortage,” said Werden.

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