HGTC’s Becky Hubbard Serving as Liaison with ProTeam SC
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). HGTC’s Becky Hubbard will serve as the coordinator for ProTeam sites in the Pee Dee area – Region 4 in South Carolina.
Hubbard is the Chair and Professor for Education at HGTC and passionate about the Teacher Education degree. “HGTC has the only Teacher Education program of its kind in the state of South Carolina. We are working to help fill the demand for new teachers by actively recruiting students, offering financial aid opportunities, and providing a high-quality transfer program,” said Hubbard.
“We share the same goals which are to address the teacher shortage in South Carolina and provide pathways for those interested in the field of teacher education,” continued Hubbard. “This partnership with CERRA is just another way to encourage students in South Carolina to consider teaching as a future career.”
Chair Hubbard will be working with teachers and 8th grade students who are interested in going into the field of education, serving as the liaison between ProTeam and schools in the Pee Dee. HGTC will host a College Day in partnership with ProTeam in the fall of 2021.
The teacher education field of study also has financial assistance available for students through Lottery Tuition Assistance and SC Wins Scholarships for tuition and books.
“If your career goal is teaching, an Associate in Arts degree at HGTC is the right path for you. Once a student completes two years with us, HGTC has 2+2 transfer agreements in place with Coastal Carolina University, the University of South Carolina and Francis Marion University for easy university transfer options,” continued Hubbard.
ProTeam is the pre-collegiate middle school teacher recruitment program. It is designed to help students set realistic goals for the future that include the steps to prepare for successful completion of high school and college. It is the beginning course in the education and training career cluster model. ProTeam places an emphasis on character development, career readiness skills, and an exploration of teaching and education professions.
“We are elated that HGTC overwhelmingly agreed to partner with CERRA to support the ProTeam Program in this way. This partnership has the potential to remedy various challenges in urban, suburban, and rural education and the teacher preparation pipeline. These universal ills include mitigating school drop-out/push-out factors among specific demographics, addressing the developmental needs of marginalized youth, reducing achievement gaps, and addressing the disparities in the distribution of highly qualified educators. We appreciate HGTC leading the way in this endeavor and look forward to our ProTeam students discovering There's More at HGTC,” said Dr. Marcella Wine-Snyder, Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs.