UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD (WCIA) — A local business is doing its part to combat the state’s teacher shortage.
The Horace Mann Educator Corporation donated $2,500 to help fund a dual-credit teacher education course at UIS. The course is for high school seniors who think they want to go into teaching.
Students in Menard and Sangamon counties attend the class and get full access to all the university’s resources. The donation will cover enrollment and textbook costs for students.
17 are already enrolled, but the hope is more will join since costs are now covered. In one region, there are 20 vacant jobs due to the shortage.
One superintendent says the problem is only getting worse. Both the superintendent and Horace Mann believe the courses will provide a long-term solution to the problem.