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Minority Teacher Recruitment Center
At Western Kentucky University, the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center (MTRC) is committed to increasing the number of minority teachers in Kentucky classrooms through recruitment and retention efforts. The MTRC is dedicated to assisting students who are pursuing teacher education as a major, and collaborates with the Kentucky Department of Education and area school districts in bringing resources together. The Coordinator of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center encourages all interested persons to explore the various programs within the School of Teacher Education by going to Become a Teacher page.
There are several opportunities offered through the MTRC, which is housed in the Office of Teacher Services. The Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Loan Forgiveness Program is for full-time students from Kentucky with a 2.75 cumulative GPA or better pursing initial certification at Western Kentucky University. A complete list of eligibility requirements, as well as the application, is available in the ‘Related Links’ section of this page.
Along with scholarship opportunities, the center provides workshops for students such as Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis PLT prep, résumé writing and interviewing skills and professional development. The office also serves as a support center for minority education students at WKU.
The MTRC plans campus visits to middle and high schools and community colleges to speak with students who have an interest in teaching as a career. If you would like to bring a group for a campus visit to learn more about WKU and the teacher education program, or if you would like for someone to come to your school and speak, simply let us know by contacting us using the information to the right.
- MERR Scholarship/Loan Forgiveness Program Application
- MERR Scholarship/Loan Forgiveness Program Eligibility Requirements
- Become a Teacher at WKU
For more information on the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center, please contact:
Mrs. Denise Hardesty
Gary A. Ransdell Hall 2053
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