EdNC highlights success of Alamance Scholars program

The program is a partnership between Elon University, Alamance Community College and Alamance Burlington School System to expand the pipeline of new teachers in Alamance County.

North Carolina education news outlet EdNC recently highlighted the success of the Alamance Scholars program, a partnership between Elon, Alamance Community College and Alamance Burlington School System to help expand the number of students pursuing careers in teaching in Alamance County.

Launched nearly three years ago, the Alamance Scholars program provides a pathway from high school to a college degree, with participating students training to become teachers within the local community. The program is designed to attract students with financial need from across a variety of backgrounds who desire to earn a degree in education while helping address teacher shortages in Alamance County and the broader community.

The program was recently highlighted during a meeting of N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s DRIVE (Develop a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education) Task Force on Nov. 16 and 17 at Winston-Salem State University that was covered by local and statewide media, including EdNC.

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In his article about the meeting, EdNC reporter Derick Lee included insights from Portia Wade, lecturer in education in the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education at Elon and director of the Alamance Scholar Program. “We realize that it takes work, it takes commitment, it takes all working together as a partnership, and we want to streamline communication between the three institutions so that we can make sure that these students are supported when they come to us,” Wade said.

Read the full article to learn more about the Alamance Scholars program and the governor’s DRIVE task force tour. The event was also recently featured in a Today at Elon article.