C Spire Training Academy

Inaugural Class Begins C Spire Training Academy

October 23, 2020
Contact: Brock Turnipseed

Ten teachers began coursework this summer as the first class of the C Spire Software Development Teacher Training Academy and are currently in their third course of the program.

Created through a partnership between C Spire, East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) and the Mississippi State University Center for Cyber Education, the program equips high school teachers with the experience, skills, license endorsements and accreditation needed to teach the dual-credit courses in the software development pathway.

The program consists of 30 hours of coursework that takes two years to complete, and participants are paired with an industry mentor. It provides funding that covers all tuition and books for the coursework, as well as the cost of obtaining up to four Microsoft industry certifications. Teachers receive additional monetary benefits for participating in job shadowing and completing the training program.

At the end of the coursework, teachers will receive a CTE endorsement from the Mississippi Department of Education, be awarded a 30-hour career certificate from EMCC and have credentials that allow community colleges to submit a justification for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation. If awarded this accreditation, they will be able to teach the four dual-credit courses in the software development pathway.

The need for this training academy came after the launch of the C Spire Software Development Pathway, where many dual-credit high school students are taking software development courses with community college instructors. A main goal for the C Spire Teacher Training Academy is to bring instruction back into the high school classroom by training teachers to instruct students in the software development pathway.

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