The Texas Education Agency has commended McLennan Community College for preparing teacher candidates to serve in rural districts. MCC is only one of two community colleges to receive a TEA commendation, the other being Austin Community College.
TEA recently released its commended Educator Preparation Program list for 2019-20. This list recognizes 27 EPPs across Texas (out of nearly 200) that excelled in various areas related to preparing excellent teacher candidates, said Christopher Reid, director of the Center for Transforming Alternative Preparation Pathways at Prosper Waco
“MCC’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program works extremely hard to set candidates up for success before and during their time in the classroom,” Reid said. “Their recognition from TEA showcases this outstanding work in preparing teacher candidates to serve in rural schools, as we know teacher shortages span far and wide across the state of Texas from urban centers to rural districts.
“Furthermore, MCC is one of only two community colleges receiving a TEA ccommendation and that puts them in excellent company,” Reid said. MCC works to continuously improve their teacher programming, and “CTAPP is proud to work alongside them.”