Murray State University will partner with Christian County Public Schools in a program that allows high school students to take classes through the university’s College of Education and Human Services for dual credit while they explore the possibility of a teaching career.
“This Grow Your Own program, part of the Educators Rising Kentucky initiative through the Kentucky Department of Education, holds significant opportunities for students to explore the teaching profession as a career before graduating high school with the potential of also helping address teacher shortages while expanding diversity in the teaching workforce,” the university announced in a news release.
Superintendent Chris Bentzel added, “It is exciting to think future CCPS teachers are sitting in our local high schools. This partnership with Murray State is the first step towards our students pursuing a career in education. Growing our own teachers benefits our students, our schools, and our community.”
MSU President Dr. Bob Jackson called the initiative could bring future teachers back home to teach in Christian County Public Schools.
Murray State has a regional campus in Hopkinsville. It offers several bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.