Students from Bolingbrook and Romeoville will benefit from a $249,000 grant meant to encourage them to pursue careers in education by creating early experiences in teaching and pathways into the profession.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathways Grants will go to the Three Rivers Education for Employment system which includes students attending the WILCO Area Career Center. Bolingbrook and Romeoville High School students attend the career center..
Students in the program will get a head start on teacher preparation through hands-on learning, dual credit and mentorship opportunities, according to a news release.
Valley View School District 365U Director of Career and Technical Education Tammi Conn said the district plans to expand its partnership with institutions like Joliet Junior College and Lewis University.
"Students in the program will receive experiences that will help prepare them through job shadow and practicum, opportunities to earn money for college through summer work with VVSD, earn scholarships, and be exposed to various programs through JJC and Lewis University that can potentially save money and time during their college programs," Conn said in the release.