Go Forward Pine Bluff presented a check for $55,000 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Monday afternoon to assist the Educator Preparatory Program.
Go Forward Pine Bluff CEO Ryan Watley said the money will help the program better assist students who are working towards the teacher PRAXIS exam.
Watley said this will work along with the Teach Pine Bluff program, which targets teachers who would like to get a master’s degree, but on the other end by helping get students who want to be teachers certified with the State of Arkansas.
Interim Dean of the School of Education Dr. Wanda Newell said the money will help UAPB to take a look at the syllabi to make sure the teacher educator program is in line with essential information that schools, and industries expect graduates to know once they graduate.
Dr. Newell said the program will help target students in their freshman year versus waiting until they have one semester remaining in college and will help them earlier in their college studies.
Dr. Vera Lang-Brown, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UAPB also spoke about how helpful the money will be.
Dr. Lang-Brown also spoke about how students are targeted for this program.