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The Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative (SWAEC) will host a Virtual Become a Teacher

Press Release
Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative
January 2021
For Immediate Press Release:


Event February 25, 2021 for anyone interested in becoming a teacher or transferring to a local
school district. This event will have six informational Zoom sessions from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
An afternoon session will provide an opportunity to speak individually to the SWAEC
Recruitment and Retention Facilitator via Zoom.
“We know there are many talented people who have considered a career change to the
rewarding field of education, and we want to make them aware of the multiple pathways to
joining the teaching field. This event will also discuss financial aid that may be available and
share just some of the lifetime rewards in being a teacher,” according to Vicki Jewell,
Recruitment and Retention Facilitator for SWAEC. “This event allows anyone interested in
becoming a teacher in Arkansas to learn about their options.”
Sessions include information about the alternative routes to earning a teacher’s license without
going through a teacher training program at a college, the financial aid available to potential
teachers, information on the professional test(s) required to become a teacher, and the support
available to novice teachers. Those interested can participate in one or all of the Zoom
sessions. Presenters include Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
staff as well as Recruitment and Retention Facilitators from Educational Cooperative around the
state.
To participate go to http://bit.ly/becomeateacher2021. No registration is necessary. For more
information contact Vicki Jewell at vicki.jewell@swaec.org or call 870-777-3076 ext. 133.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative is sponsoring a virtual Become a Teacher
event on Thursday, February 25 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is for anyone interested in
becoming a teacher, whether they are a high school student, paraprofessional, or community
member. Sessions include financial aid information and alternative pathways to earning a
teaching license. For details on this Become a Teacher Event, contact Vicki Jewell at
vicki.jewell@swaec.org , call 870-777-3076 ext. 133, or go to http://bit.ly/becomeateacher2021
the day of the event.

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