Students at Tyner Academy who are interested in a career in teaching now have a partner in UTC.
The university’s School of Education and the Hamilton County School System have agreed to sponsor the UTC Teaching & Learning Institute at Tyner. The four-year program is designed to help Tyner students prepare for a teaching career. A total of 50 Tyner students will be enrolled.
Students who complete the Teaching & Learning Institute, meet UTC admissions requirements and enroll at the university will receive credit for the “Foundation of Education” course required for all education majors.
“UTC’s School of Education is excited to be a part of the work to recruit and prepare future teachers from Hamilton County to return back to their community to become the future teachers,” says Renee Murley, director of the School of Education. “We believe this partnership will benefit Tyner Academy Teaching and Learning students, the School of Education and Hamilton County.”
While the two paired for a similar institute during the 2017-18 school year, UTC and Hamilton County schools have signed an official agreement for an ongoing partnership. The name of UTC was added to the program’s title.
The institute is part of the Tennessee Department of Education Career and Technical Education curriculum that includes the “Fundamentals of Education” course for ninth-graders and the “Teaching as a Profession” course for students in grades 10-12.
“Community partners are vital to the success of Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools, and UTC is a welcome addition to our efforts to train future teachers,” said Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “Future Ready Institutes are key learning opportunities in our schools today that will open doors to exciting possibilities for our graduates and our community.”
Along with visiting UTC classes and touring the campus, Tyner students talk with current UTC students who discuss how to handle the transition from high school to college, among other advice.
Each Tyner senior also is matched with a mentor from the UTC faculty and staff, an especially important step for first-generation college students who need help navigating the application and financial aid/scholarship processes.