The School of Education at Edison State College sent 48 graduates off towards their careers on Tuesday, December 3. As of graduation, 52% of the teacher candidates had already been hired for full-time positions. Statistically, upwards of 80% of Edison State College teacher candidates are hired within six months of their graduation.
From this graduating class, 45 graduates will work in Elementary Education, two will work in Middle Grades Mathematics, and one will work in Middle Grades Language Arts. This class features graduates from six counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota. The faculty, staff and graduates also honored the memory of one of their classmates, Trisha Williams, who passed away suddenly last summer.
“Teaching is an amazing career choice. Be bold and creative in your classrooms. Recall the lessons learned from your great professors at Edison, and take every moment you have to be truly transformational,” said Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean of the School of Education at Edison State College. “The faculty, staff and students in the Edison State College School of Education are like family, and I am so proud of each and every graduate in this class. I know they will represent Edison well in our community and will do amazing things to shape the minds of the children of our future.”
Celebrating more than 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 24,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests. Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program.