Truman College Cultivating Minority Men As Teachers

Lisa Fielding
December 04, 2018 - 5:26 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Statewide, statistics show fewer black and Latino college graduates major in education than ever.

"Male teachers across the board are pretty much extinct," said Shawn Jackson, President of Truman College.

That's why Truman College is launching the Men of Color in Education program, which is designed to encourage and support men that are minorities to enter the field of education.

"Having the opportunity to encourage others to get into a really noble profession and empower their communities is what this initiative is all about."

The Men of College in Education initiative will launch in summer 2019 with three groups of students. The first group of 15 students will be current Chicago Public Schools students participating in an early childhood education or education dual enrollment program, which allows them to take coursework at City Colleges for free while they are still in high school.

The second group of 15 students will be comprised of City Colleges students currently pursuing coursework in education. The third group of 15 students will consist of members of the community interested in obtaining early childhood education certification. 

Students pursuing a credential in early childhood education will be eligible for the City of Chicago Early Childhood scholarship to support their pursuit of an early childhood credential at City Colleges.

"We are seeking to make an impact on the entire spectrum of education from building teachers for our early childhood classrooms to developing the generations of professors from our mentor pool,” Jackson said.

Forty-five students and 15 mentors will be part of the inaugural program.

"Students will not only have access to college level courses but will benefit from the support an experienced educator."

The Men of Color in Education (MCE) initiative a first of its kind program in Chicago.