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TROY, HCCA partner to give teaching students a leg up

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 16, 2017 at 6:16 PM CST
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Education-in-training program students at the Houston County Career Academy will now be able to earn college credit at TROY University.

Thursday, the schools announced what they call an articulation agreement. It’s similar to dual enrollment where high school students at the Academy can earn credit for college classes at TROY’s main and Dothan campuses.

“It’s a three-course sequence that helps them understand basic fundamentals of teaching, learning those kinds of things, and we just looked at it and said that’s just a great matchup, a great lineup for a course that we would do in introduction to teaching,” said Dr. Hank Dasinger, TROY University College of Education Dean.

Students who complete the course will receive three credit hours at TROY. And Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell says TROY could add on more credit programs and more universities could come on board.

“I’m thrilled to death. It has to do with our facilities here at the Career Academy," said David Sewell, Houston County Schools Superintendent. "We’re getting all kinds of calls from other Universities about locating here at the Career Academy. With TROY, we’re talking about doing other programs.”

It’s a partnership that could have far-reaching benefits for years to come.

“What we hope it ends with is with greater numbers of students deciding to go into the teaching profession where we have a great match between students that are well-suited to the teaching profession and their ability to teach," said Dr. Dasinger. "Whether it’s at TROY University or another University, the state of Alabama needs great teachers.”

The new partnership has been approved by the State Department of Education. 36 students are currently enrolled in the education-in-training program at the Houston County Career Academy.

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