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New Program Supports Aspiring Teachers

Teaching Bridge students 2022-23

We're excited to share about a new program in our district that helps students who want to pursue careers as teachers. The program, called Teaching Bridge, is a partnership among our district, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Educational Service District 123 and community-based organizations.

Students who participate get support during the college application and financial aid process, gain early admission to WSU Tri-Cities, and are placed in jobs as substitute paraeducators in the Kennewick School District while they're taking college classes. They also receive mentorship and other support during their time studying to become teachers.

"With the program, we’re not only creating a career pathway for our students, we’re also creating a partnership in our community and meeting a need for future employees. It’s a win-win-win for everyone," said Abby Mattson, assistant director of Career & Technical Education.

The hope is that students who take part in Teaching Bridge will return to KSD as teachers once they graduate and begin their careers, she said.

So far, several students have signed up, including (pictured above, from left) Evangelina Arroyo and Nerissa Grimm from Kennewick High and Alvaro Rodriguez Jr., Lilly Johanson and Haley Nelson from Southridge High.