The Alternative Teacher Certification (ATC) program at McLennan Community College has received $119,118 in state money to offer partial tuition refunds for students in the program during the 2010-11 academic year, including those who enroll for spring classes.
The money comes from a tuition refund scholarship from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which allocated funding for community colleges to help certify teachers in Texas. The amount of money MCC’s ATC program received was based on the fact that it certified 110 students in 2009. That ranks MCC second highest in the state among community colleges.
The ATC program plans to offer tuition refunds of 20 percent to students who complete classes with a grade of B or higher.
“These funds will be very beneficial to our students,” said Fay Gutierrez, ATC program director.
MCC’s Alternative Teacher Certification program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s degrees who want to become teachers. The program offers more than 20 content areas in which students can become certified to teach in Texas.
Gutierrez said the biggest difference between a traditional teacher certification program and MCC’s program is that students don’t do student teaching. Instead, they have an internship in which they teach in their own classroom and earn the same salary as first-year teachers.
For more information, contact Gutierrez at 299-8067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.