The JET kickoff event in Worcester was hosted by the Worcester State University’s (WSU) Education Department. The purpose of this kickoff was three-fold: to confirm the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation grant and admission status of the JET participants; to provide a good understanding of the JET program, including a review of both program and participant commitments; and to strengthen the network among participants and encourage the building of a cohort.
JET has returned to the southcoast urban school districts of Fall River and New Bedford, after several years of absence, to help paraprofessionals, who want to become licensed teachers in their communities, complete their bachelor’s degrees and teacher licensure.
On June 12, JET staff welcomed its first cohort of 13 Brockton paraprofessionals. These paras had completed the JET onboarding processes of successful financial aid approval and college admissions. We were also joined by Human Resource Director and Assistant Director from the Brockton Public Schools.