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SD60 looks to grow teaching ranks with new university partnership

School District 60 is hoping a new partnership with the University of Calgary will help bolster the teaching ranks in northeast B.C. More than 20 people have registered for an information session Feb.
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School District 60 is hoping a new partnership with the University of Calgary will help bolster the teaching ranks in northeast B.C.

More than 20 people have registered for an information session Feb. 6 that will showcase two programs that give rural residents the chance to obtain a teaching degree while staying close to home.

The district intends to offer the programs as a solution to the ongoing teacher shortage in the region, said Wade Hart, SD60 human resources director, noting uncertified teachers have had to help fill the gaps.

“We learned of other British Columbia districts connecting with the University of Calgary, and they seemed to be interested in forming a relationship with our area,” Hart said, adding many residents have expressed interest in becoming teachers, but are unsure of where to start.

“We know that there are individuals in our area that would be good teachers."

The new programs would complement the existing Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education partnership through Northern Lights College and Simon Fraser University. That program is often touted as one of the best ways to recruit and retain local teachers in northeast B.C.

The majority of the U of C programs would be delivered online, with local teaching practicums during the school year in Fort St. John. Three weeks of courses are required to be taken at the U of C during the summer.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca.