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Education Grant to Help Train New Teachers in 3 Colorado School Districts

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Aims Community College

A Department of Education grant to be administered through Aims Community College in Greeley will help teacher’s assistants already working in the classroom become new teachers.

Aims will use the $283,602 grant to offer Associate Degrees to 30 individuals selected from the Brighton, Ft. Lupton and Westminster school districts. In addition to the degree, the training will also focus on elementary education and English as a second language.

“Not that they don’t the skills to work in public schools right now – it’s just that they don’t have the education like we know it – teacher preparation program under their belt. And that’s what we’re providing for them,” says program director Dr. Lorenso Aragon.

Participant’s tuition will be paid for at Aims with the expectation that they transfer to Metro State College in Denver or the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to finish their teaching degrees. The Department of Education awarded $14.8 million to 42 colleges and universities as part of the national Professional Development program.