(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   High School Students in Lackawanna County will now have the opportunity to get a head start on a teaching degree.

     Keystone College is partnering with the Lackawanna Trail School District to provide classes for Juniors and Seniors who are interested in a career with teaching children.

       The institute was awarded a $60,000  PA Smart Job training grant.

       It will be used to give individuals, ages 16 to 24, credit for skills learned while serving as pre-apprentices. As well as completing courses, seminars, workshops, and job shadowing in order to work in child care facilities.  

“It’s really exciting because` it is a non-traditional apprenticeship program. Part of a movement across the state, it’s a statewide initiative to do early childhood education that is so important in our workforce today” Said Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development.

“It’s a mechanism also to build the workforce and to ensure that we have qualified individuals working with young children” Noted Fran Langan, Ph.D., Dean of School Professional Studies.

   The program starts immediately.

     Those taking part in the program can advance and build upon their certification through the teaching process.

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