Laurel Ridge partners with JMU to address teacher shortage

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Laurel Ridge Community College is entering a partnership with James Madison University and Germanna Community College to give aspiring teachers a jump start on their degrees while still in high school and address the ongoing teacher shortage.

The Future Educators Academy will help students earn associate degrees while completing their high school advanced studies diploma.

Students will then receive guaranteed admission into JMU’s highly acclaimed College of Education program and can earn their bachelor’s degree within two years.

This opportunity will be available through both Middletown and Fauquier campuses at Laurel Ridge in the fall of 2025.

Laurel Ridge President Kim Blosser said, “All of the public school divisions in our service region are experiencing teacher shortages, and our rural school divisions are often hit the hardest. We are very excited to help meet that need by educating high school students who live and work in our region.”

For more information on the new program, click here.

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Warner and Kaine announce $2.4 million in funding for distance learning

Virginia Senator’s Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.4 million in federal funding to provide distance learning opportunities in rural areas.

The grants support 197,010 Virginia students with technology to take advantage of educational opportunities by local institutions.

The funding awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants will be distributed to four different projects.

Germanna Community College’s funding of $952,388 will equip locations throughout Page, Madison, Culpeper, and a few other nearby counties with video conferencing equipment to deliver mental health and healthcare educational courses to benefit over 5,300 students.

The other funded projects will support professional development, nursing and emergency services simulation labs, and interactive classroom technology.

To read the full announcement with a breakdown of the projects, click here.

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