Lake Erie College will receive an Ohio Department of Higher Education (DOHE) grant for scholarships to support black, indigenous people of color (BIPOC) teacher candidates in special education and high school math. The grant totals $160,000.
According to Dean of the College’s School of Education, Katharine Delavan, Ph.D., the proposal for Addressing Educator Shortages in Ohio Grant supports the strengthening of Lake Erie College’s existing partnerships with Teaching Professions Pathway Programs at Auburn Career Center, Parma High School, Maple Heights Warrensville, Garfield Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakeshore Compact, Lorain JVS and Perry Massillon and Harvey High School; and supports the development of new partnerships with Euclid City Schools, Youngstown School District, Warren City Schools and Eastern Gateway Community College.
“The grant supports the shifting of our partnerships to focus on providing future teachers with more College Credit Plus (CCP) options allowing students to earn up to 64 credits at the time of high school graduation or up to 48 credits to become a paraprofessional at the time of high school graduation. Both options reduce costs and time in college, and help to close the teacher shortage in Ohio, and across the country,” said Delavan. “In addition, the grant helps to diversify the student population in the College’s school of education.”