Seven prospective teachers have started their college careers early this week by enrolling in the Teacher Academy at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy. The institution partners with both Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College to offer a variety of college-level courses. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is also a partner in the charter school’s venture.
The high-school students take four semesters of education courses, studying at the Teacher Academy for the first three semesters and at GHC for the final semester. For students who want to become teachers, the program gives them a leg up on their college career. First-year students take courses that introduce them to the profession. They also go into Floyd County elementary and middle schools, where they get practical experience.
Second-year students receive a more in-depth classroom experience by completing a more rigorous internship in county schools. They have the additional option of taking college classes for credit. And that means that when they enter college they are better prepared.
The goal of the Teacher Academy program is to improve the pool of teachers available to staff the Floyd County classrooms of the future, and Georgia Highlands has enthusiastically joined in the effort. GHC’s role is overseen by Darrell Sorrels, associate professor of education. He works with students from Coosa, Model, Armuchee and Pepperell. The program is in its third year.