The Department of Education under the leadership of Trevor Hutchins started a one-year teacher certification program this week, with 18 students at the Spring Hill Saturn plant. All of the students are displaced General Motors employees or workers displaced from companies that supplied GM. The program is being funded by a federal grant to retrain displaced workers through the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance. Most of the new Belmont students want to teach math at local high or middle schools. The candidates will complete 21 hours of courses in the fall and 15 hours of student teaching in the spring. Many of these students want to continue beyond the teacher certification level and finish the nine hours required for the Master of Arts in Teaching. All of the students are very excited to be starting a new program that will help them become teachers and provide them access to a graduate degree. Four Belmont faculty members will be delivering the coursework and supervising the practical aspects of the program at the GM Spring Hill Training Facility.
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