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NEWS RELEASE #71
April 5, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

TURNING SCHOLARS INTO
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS

Give the Aurora Public School district five years of teaching and we’ll give you $5,000 for every year of college!

APS is looking for students who have the “right stuff” to become special education teachers.  Qualifying students can receive a $5,000 scholarship for every academic year of college through the new VISTA Scholars Program.

By partnering with the University of Northern Colorado, APS is the first district in the state to help students earn a special education teaching license and also provide them with a unique scholarship opportunity.

VISTA scholars will attend classes locally at UNC’s Denver-Lowry Campus and the $5,000 may be used to pay for anything from tuition to books and other fees.

After graduating with a special education teaching license, VISTA scholars commit to teaching in APS for a minimum of five years.

Nationwide, school districts struggle to staff special education teaching positions with qualified and diverse teaching candidates and APS knows this first hand.  This year alone, APS had many special education teaching positions left un-filled. 

By offering financial assistance to students, who have the desire to be special education teachers, APS not only helps them succeed, but helps the district grow qualified teaching staff who will return to teach.  

APS will even help students get hands-on teaching experience to start their new teaching career by offering them a paraeducator position in APS during their participation in the VISTA program. 

For more information about qualifying for the VISTA scholars program visit http://www.aps.k12.co.us/hr/VISTAScholars/VISTAprocedure.html.

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Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: grduran@aps.k12.co.us
http://www.aps.k12.co.us/communications

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