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TLC Fourth Cohort

(LAKE COUNTY, Calif. January 5, 2021) The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) Teach Lake County Program (TLC) is starting up its fourth cohort for new teachers on January 6, 2021.

This program fills a crucial need in Lake County and has been growing since it started four years ago.

It allows a pathway for qualified individuals in the community to become a credentialed teacher while giving instruction with a local perspective.

“This program gives us the opportunity to provide a local and affordable pathway to becoming a teacher for those who are interested or who are already teaching as an intern,” Jamie Buckner-Bridges, Teacher Development Coordinator at the Lake County Office of Education said.

This cohort has a total of 21 individuals enrolled in the Preservice Program. This is the first step in the program to becoming a credentialed teacher.

The Preservice Program will last six months. After, the students will be able to start the intern program and get one step closer to being a teacher.

Classes will be held all virtually and take place two days a week, Monday and Wednesday.

“This program is just a small piece of the bigger picture when it comes to providing job opportunities and economic growth to Lake County. Developing the local workforce benefits our community and the schools of our county,” Brock Falkenberg, Superintendent of Schools said.

Teach Lake County is a multi-faceted program offered by the Lake County Office of Education in partnership with the Mendocino County Office of Education. It is designed to provide training, coaching, mentorship and affordable certification pathways to support permit teachers and teacher credentialing.

If you are already a permitted teacher, the Teach Lake County program provides mentorship, quarterly workshops, intensive summer teacher institute, test preparations and credentialing advice.

Teach Lake County also provides local intern programs for mild to moderate education specialists and multiple subject teachers. The intern program is made to help prepare local teachers so they can support the needs of the student population.

Currently, the intern program is offered as a satellite of the North Coast School of Education. The Lake County Office of Education is currently working with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to become its own credentialing program by the end of 2021.

To earn an intern credential, an individual must enroll in the Preservice Program. Enrollment for this program starts in the fall each year with courses beginning in January.

If you are interested in the Teach Lake County program, visit our TLC webpage