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Program looks to fill local schools with local teachers

The program is a joint effort between Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College. (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A new program being discussed at Tuesday night's Lynchburg City School Board meeting is trying to grow teachers in our own backyard.

It's called the Grow Your Own Teachers Initiative, which is a joint effort between Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College. They are working with students who attend Lynchburg City schools along with neighboring communities, who want to pursue teaching.

With the program, students will pay tuition and attend classes at CVCC for their first two years before going to Lynchburg College to finish their degrees.

They will also receive financial aid packages during their time at Lynchburg College.

Dr. John Walker, a professor of Leadership Studies at the college, says hiring homegrown talent benefits the community. "Those who come back to the school that they graduated from are the most dedicated, longest lasting educators in the building."

Students in the program will have the opportunity to complete field work and student teaching in their home school division. After graduation, students will ideally work for their home school district.

More discussion will happen at the school board meeting. The program started in the spring. They are hoping the meeting will generate interest among students and parents.

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