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Teacher Cadets

Another Region 9 impact is the implementation of the 2nd CTE program for our Region 9 member schools. The Teacher Cadet program is making an impact in multiple ways. It influences students in our member districts towards a teaching career which ultimately affects the teacher shortage we are faced with in NM. It provides those students that are already working in the school as a teacher aide or office aide to collect college credit for the time they are filling that role. Under the coordination of April Blackwell-Frost, students are enrolled in dual credit classes through ENMU-Ruidoso and get college credit to follow a curriculum designed by the University of South Carolina. This is a grant through the College and Career Readiness Bureau that additionally funds professional development for the local school teacher to become proficient in the supervision of the curriculum with each student.

By April Blackwell Frost