Eleven former Surry-Yadkin Works interns are now working as Teacher Preparation Apprentices after signing employment agreements with local school systems.
Program Director Crystal Folger-Hawks says, “Apprenticeships combine on-the-job and classroom training and help our students to get a foot in the door to the labor market while also increasing access to higher education. This program is also helping meet our local employers' needs for a workforce with applied, technical, and problem-solving skills. We are so proud that we can be an avenue to offer this opportunity to students and businesses in Surry and Yadkin counties.”
These students are apprentices as a part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship program and the state’s ApprenticeshipNC program through the N.C. Community College System Office. This opportunity combines a paid work-based learning experience with classroom academics leading to a national certification.
A new Teacher Assistant to Teacher Apprenticeship program has recently been launched and has placed 11 students in the apprenticeship program in Mount Airy City Schools, Surry County Schools and Yadkin County Schools. These students have enrolled in Surry Community College’s Teacher Preparation associate degree program and are Fall 2022 Teacher Preparation Apprentices.
Taylor O’Brien, a recent graduate of Mount Airy High School, was hired as a Teacher Assistant for Mount Airy City Schools.
Superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools, Dr. Kim Morrison, says, “We are excited about our first Surry Community College Teacher Apprentice - Taylor O’Brien. We believe deeply that teaching is the profession that changes the trajectory of young people toward a brighter future. We want everyone to consider going into the education profession and are thankful that Surry Community College is helping us create a pathway from high school through paid internships in our school buildings to a secured spot as a teacher. This pathway to the future for Taylor will also pave the way for future educators from Mount Airy City Schools.”
Abbi Inman, a recent graduate of East Surry High School, was hired as a part-time Substitute Teacher for Surry County Schools.
Brady Gunter and Macey Thomas, recent graduates of North Surry High School, were hired as part-time Substitute Teachers for Surry County Schools.
Anna Whitaker and Jacob Collins, recent graduates of North Surry High School, were hired as part-time Tutors for Surry County Schools.
Elizabeth Duran Martinez, a recent graduate of Surry Central High School, was hired as Tutor for Surry County Schools
Irene Zurita, a recent graduate of Surry Early College High School, was hired as a part-time Tutor for Surry County Schools.
Meredith Mauldin, a recent graduate of North Surry High School, was hired as a Tutor and After School Care Apprentice for Surry County Schools.
Macy Key, a recent graduate of Surry Central High School, was hired as a part-time Tutor and After School Care Apprentice for Surry County Schools. She took Early Childhood Education classes at Surry Community College through the tuition-free Career & College Promise program.
Superintendent of Surry County Schools, Dr. Travis Reeves, says, “I’m proud that, as educators, we can share the profession with our students through this pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program. Through this program, Surry County Schools can build the pipeline of our future educational workforce, growing our own to perform as high-quality educators. We are planning ahead and being intentional with our resources. Additionally, we are gaining teaching assistants, substitutes, and tutors during a period when the job market is highly competitive. Surry County is blessed to have exceptional schools and a proactive community college that works with students to individualize their education without the constraints of student loan debt. We are happy to provide an opportunity for these students to design their dreams and grow as teacher leaders.”
Demi Moore, a recent graduate of Forbush High School, was hired as a part-time Tutor/School Assistant for Yadkin County Schools.
Superintendent of Yadkin County Schools, Dr. Todd Martin, says, “The teaching apprenticeship program promises to be a game changer for the Surry-Yadkin Works school districts. Districts across North Carolina and the United States are facing critical teacher shortages. We are seeing fewer college students enroll in teacher education programs, which means there will be fewer teacher candidates for future positions. By having teacher interns move into apprenticeships, this provides us with the opportunity to ‘grow our own’ teachers.”
Surry-Yadkin Works is the first community-based internship program of its kind in North Carolina covering a two-county region. This innovative business and education initiative is the collaborative effort of four public school systems in Surry and Yadkin counties including Elkin City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Surry County Schools, and Yadkin County Schools, as well as Surry Community College, to create a unique approach to a regional internship program.
The funding is also a joint effort with commitments from the Surry County Commissioners and the Yadkin County Commissioners. An anonymous contributor donated $100,000 prompted by a presentation about the program at an educational summit. Surry-Yadkin Works officially began on January 1, 2021.
For more information about the program, contact Crystal Folger-Hawks, Surry-Yadkin Works Program Director, at (336) 401-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.surryyadkinworks.org. You can also follow Surry-Yadkin Works on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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