Nine students from Central Wyoming College (CWC) have received a total of $16,386 through the federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant. This grant allows CWC students to pursue their dreams in education, and CWC graduates will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the community. The college offers degrees in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, including a new Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.
CWC is proud to offer this degree as there was an urgent need for an Early Childhood program that led to a K-3 teaching license in Wyoming. The program was launched in Fall 2021, and the first Bachelor of Early Childhood Education graduates, Maggie Martinez and Kalee Hollingsworth, will receive their diplomas in May. Martinez and Hollingsworth have already been hired by Aspen Early Learning Center and Ft. Washakie Elementary.
CWC students with at least a 3.25 GPA can receive $16,000 as an undergraduate ($4,000 per year for full-time students). In exchange, recipients agree to teach full-time in a high-need field for at least four academic years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income families, or repay the funds as an unsubsidized loan.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education provides students with the academic experiences necessary for teachers of young children Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Coursework includes education foundations, math and science courses, assessment, psychology, special education, technology, and literature. CWC students in the program practice their skills during field experiences in the Preschool and K-3 setting, and graduates can apply for a special education endorsement. The curriculum meets professional standards from the Wyoming state standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Council for Exceptional Children.
CWC is a TEACH grant-eligible institution that provides two two-year education programs of study that are acceptable for full credit to a baccalaureate teacher preparation degree program. The college has long-standing agreements with the University of Wyoming and Valley City State University in North Dakota.
There are currently two openings in Fremont County for qualified graduates. To learn more, contact Professor of Education Colleen Bartlett. To learn more about CWC’s financial support options, contact Rustler Central or visit https://www.cwc.edu/scholarships/.