TEEX is collaborating with Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi on a unique program aimed at helping to fill the shortage of qualified math and science school teachers in Texas.
Funded by the Texas Workforce Commission, the Monarch Teacher Development Program at TAMU-CC will actively recruit 40 qualified teacher candidates, make every attempt to secure them emergency certificate teacher-of-record placement in a school and provide on-site teacher mentors. Depending on their professional background, most participants will complete the program within one year.
One audience for the program are workers laid off by the closing of the Celanese Chemicals’ Corpus Christi Technical Center, said Jonathan Dikes of TEEX, which is administering the grant. Many former Celanese staffers are highly trained, knowledgeable individuals with degrees – in some cases, doctorates – in science and mathematics.
The goal of the skills Development grant is to re-tool individuals from this pool — and similar pools — to fill shortages in the education workforce, specifically the 2,000 vacancies in science and math fields.