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Program Seeks To Attract Teachers To The State

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Teachers Ascend into West Virginia, a first-of-its-kind national program based at West Virginia University, and designed to attract teachers to the Mountain State, is now accepting applications. 

WVU, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and the West Virginia Department of Education invite K-12 educators to apply.

The Teachers Ascend program is modeled after Ascend West Virginia and other nationwide rural teacher initiatives. The two-year relocation program calls on teachers from across the country to move to West Virginia and teach in select K-12 schools. The program says it offers work-life balance through shared community and outdoor adventure.

Qualifying candidates must complete a college degree by summer 2024, be hired by select West Virginia county school systems, and hold the required teaching certifications prior to the 2024-25 school year. 

Those who qualify for the program will receive a $6,000 stipend and can obtain up to $4,050 in tuition assistance for continued educational opportunities.