Underscoring its commitment to add more qualified educators into the workforce, the college proudly to recognizes the first cohort of our Paraprofessional Pathways Project (PPP) graduates. This fall, southern Nevada public schools will have 36 new educators leading K-12 classrooms thanks to the program
A critical measure as our communities continue to diversify, more than 75% of these educators are from historically underrepresented backgrounds mirroring the racial diversity of students in southern Nevada. All 36 educators plan to stay in southern Nevada, with 14 serving in elementary schools, 11 in special education settings, and 11 in early childhood programs.
Prior to the program, each of these new, fully-licensed educators served as a paraprofessional or school support professional in Southern Nevada schools for at least two years prior to beginning the program. Over the course of the past year each student maintained their full-time positions in schools while completing coursework and student teaching experiences.
“These are people who were meant to be teachers, who are incredibly passionate about serving students, who want to make a difference in their communities.” said College of Education Dean Danica Hays. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to forge a pathway for these students to realize their goal of becoming Nevada educators. This group represents the first of many and we are excited for the program to continue to grow.”
And growing it is — currently, there are more than 130 students in the program with approximately 70 slated to graduate in January 2023. Recruitment for the next cohort of future teachers will begin in early spring 2023.
You learn more about on Paraprofessional Pathways Project and sign up to learn more about joining the program's next cohort online.