School college students are serving to small Maine colleges fill trainer shortages

Margaret “Maggie” Gurewicz will graduate from Husson College subsequent spring with a whole lot extra hours of expertise in elementary school rooms than a few of her friends due to a program that pays faculty college students to work in colleges earlier than commencement.

She is a participant within the Educator Accelerator program at Regional Faculty Unit 34, which serves Alton, Bradley and Previous City. It launched in 2021 when it employed a cohort of school college students to work in school rooms below the supervision of mentor lecturers and as substitutes. They’re paid as part-time staff whereas gaining additional discipline expertise.

The district final week started a brand new college yr with its fifth cohort, together with about 10-12 members from Japanese Maine Group School, Husson College, the College of Maine and the College of Maine at Augusta’s campus in Bangor.