A.s.t.r.o issued the following announcement on Oct. 8.
It’s not everyone that can snag the First Things First Scholarship. It’s rigourous and requires a great deal of dedication. But 20 high school students from GCC’s dual enrollment program just landed one of the best scholarships for early childhood educators. The students are taking anywhere between 3-10 credits per semester, totaling over $9,000.
“The First Things First Scholarship requires that the students applying and receiving the money be volunteering in a child care facility. In addition, they have to show an education plan with Glendale Community College's Early Childhood Department on how they plan to move forward with their goal of achieving an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood,” says Judy Basham, GCC’s Program Director for Early Childhood Education.
The Washington High School Dual Enrollment Educator, Jacqueline Dudo, is an Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College. She also runs the Early Childhood Department at Washington High School. The program prepares students for the workforce by having a licensed child care facility on campus that the students work in and volunteer in to receive credit. By the time students leave the program at Washington, they already have 10 college credits that count toward their Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and have the potential to test for their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential before graduating high school.
“Despite the low wages teachers receive, this is an important field as it is what prepares all other professions,” says Basham. “By supporting the students going through education programs, we are making sure the teachers entering the field are in a profession they love. It is crucial that the teachers that are in the classroom actually want to be there and like working with students. At GCC, that means students complete practicum field hours before graduating to ensure they know what a day looks like in a classroom so they can make an educated decision about whether this is the career for them.”
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