With severe staffing shortages, schools across the state and country are looking for ways to attract more poeple into the field of education, especially in elementary, middle and high schools.
School districts in Saginaw County will be trying a pilot program to address the issue: teacher apprenticeships. The Saginaw ISD has been working with the state’s labor and education departments for about a year and a half, which will be implemented in nine districts across the county. The districts will utilize a version of the state’s registered apprenticeship work program to train teachers.
Anyone is welcome to apply for the programs, receiving on the job training, pay and credits toward an education degree. However, it may take a few years to complete the program. Officials with the Saginaw ISD say they expect to start training new teachers by next fall.