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Texas Tech Teacher Education Program Popular in the Hill Country
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008

The Texas Tech Teacher Education Program first cohort will begin classes in Fredericksburg on August 25. This new undergraduate program allows a student to earn a degree and become a teacher without leaving the Hill Country.

The expected enrollment at Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg for junior and senior level courses is 16 students. In addition, 15 students have begun taking classes at Austin Community College (ACC) in the first summer session with intent to transfer into TTU after completing the core curriculum.  An additional 20 students have applied to ACC to begin classes in the second summer session and fall.

The majority of these students are currently employed as teaching assistants, or paraprofessionals, in area schools including Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, Ingram, Johnson City, Blanco and Junction. Many are taking advantage of the state Education Aide Exemption which pays their tuition and fees while they are studying to become certified teachers.

Students who have at least 40 hours of transferable credit can still apply to join the first cohort at TTU at Fredericksburg by calling 830-990-2717 and speaking to an advisor. Students can still enroll at ACC for the second summer session and fall by calling 830-997-6363.

Hill Country University Center will host a College Application Fair on Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 1 pm behind the Gillespie County Courthouse on Adams Street (Highway 16) in Fredericksburg. The ACC Mobile Go Center will be available for students to apply to ACC, Texas Tech and for financial aid (FAFSA). A bilingual advisor will be available to assist students and parents.

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