Edison College Awarded State Grant for Teacher Training

Nov 3, 2007

Edison College District President Kenneth P. Walker announces that the College has received a $150,000 SUCCEED Florida continuation grant from the Florida Department of Education. "This grant will enable us to expand the Educator Preparation Institute EPI and help address the critical teacher shortage throughout the region," Walker said.

Created by a statewide consortium of community colleges and authorized through legislation, the EPI is a competency based alternative certification program, designed to assist individuals who possess a bachelor's degree or higher in a field other than education to obtain professional certification as a Florida Educator. The program provides teacher recertification classes and review courses for teacher subject area exams.

Edison College began its EPI program in January 2006 in cooperation with Charlotte County Schools, and expanded to Lee County and Collier County following receipt of a $300,000 SUCCEED Florida grant award. The continuation funds will support adjunct faculty salaries, tuition scholarships for EPI students, and the development of blended learning courses to facilitate access.

EPI faculty members are highly respected educators in Southwest Florida and the curriculum adheres to the State of Florida's alternate certification requirements.

"We look forward to welcoming a new class of future educators in the spring of 2008," said Diane Burns, EPI Director.

For more information, visit http://www.edison.edu/epi.