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Owensboro and Daviess County Teacher Academy

The Owensboro–Daviess County Teacher Academy is a partnership among area high schools and colleges whose goals include growing and developing a pipeline of qualified teachers for local public schools and to increase the overall diversity of local teaching staffs. High school guidance counselors work with college and career readiness coaches to identify students who might be interested in teaching as a career, provide an orientation to such students and their parents, and follow up on ideas to provide financial support for students who need it. The program offers a core of college-level courses such as Writing I and II, College Algebra, and two introductory education courses: Introduction to Education and Technology in the Classroom. These courses may be taught at either the high school or a partner college campus (Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Owensboro Community and Technical College), but the goal is to have students actually on a college or university campus in order to build confidence that they can succeed as a student in higher education.

Now beginning its third year of operation, Brescia University schedules Writing and Education courses on alternating days early in the school day so that Teacher Academy students may attend these courses before traveling to their home school sites. Students from Owensboro Catholic High School, local Owensboro and Daviess County high schools, and Hancock County High School have attended these courses.