Meeting Thursday with members of the Dallas County Area Retired School Personnel Association (DCARSPA), Eddie Diaz, director of the DMACC Perry Van Kirk Career Academy, explained DMACC’s the Future Ready Programs.
Of particular importance to the retirees present was the Teacher Pathway Program, which allows students to engage in learning opportunities relevant to current instructional strategies and methods. Diaz explained that high School students can participate in a variety of courses and experiences with youth, and this exposure helps them to determine whether a career in education is something they want to pursue.
The Teacher Pathway Program is seen as a way to encourage future teachers to return to the Perry Community School District. Participants can earn an Associate Applied Science Degree in early childhood education or an Associate of Arts Transfer Degree in elementary or secondary education.
Accompanying Diaz were two students currently in the Teacher Pathway Program, Mary Ann Reisberg and Lanie Fish, both of whom have performed observations in a Perry kindergarten classroom.
Reisberg, a 2020 graduate of PHS, has also mentored students, and Fish, a students in the PHS Class of 2021, is currently subbing in a pre-kindergarten classroom in the Green County School District. They are both eagerly looking forward to continuing their educations and becoming elementary school teachers.
Diaz also described the Squad Scholarship currently available. Donations from the community are used to give students in the program who apply a minimum $500 scholarship.
The DCARSPA membership voted to donate $500 to the program.
Sue Leslie is the secretary of DCARSPA.