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9:44 PM, May 8, 2007   |    comments
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By Roger Weeder First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The Elementary Education Apprenticeship program is recruiting people who have college degrees, but no classroom experience. The program is run by Duval County Schools and the University of Florida. Apprentice teachers are offered a year of experience in the classroom that includes a 35 hour week and $12.50 an hour. The program offers tuition and books and eligibility for a teaching certificate. One condition of the program is an agreement to teach in a Title I schools for three years. If a person is unable to fulfill the commitment, the tuition will have to be repaid. Katie Greenley is in the program is learning the ropes at Martin Luther King Elementary. Greenley who has a business background says of the program, "This is a year long program, you are in school from day one. It is just great." Every Thursday, Greenley and others in the apprenticeship program spend a day in the classroom with instructors from the University of Florida. This month, candidates for the program are being recruited. There will be informational sessions at the Schultz Center on May 21st and on June 2nd. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the school system. The email address is

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