Rusty Powlas, an education instructor and division chair at MCC-Maple Woods, appeared in a “41 Action News” story June 14 about the critical need for more teachers.
Powlas says he tells students to “take your classes, take your experiences seriously; do gut checks. I look at (teaching) as a career. It’s not just a job.”
MCC offers an associate in arts — teaching degree, a pre-professional program that prepares students to transfer to a four-year school and ultimately earn a bachelor’s in teacher education. MCC’s degree is a state-approved program that meets the first two years’ certification requirements for students pursuing degrees in early childhood, elementary or secondary education. Learn more here.
MCC has also partnered with Northwest Missouri State University to offer FastTracks, which gives students the opportunity to earn an MCC associate degree and a Northwest bachelor’s degree in four years or less without leaving the Kansas City area. (Northwest has a campus in Gladstone.) One of the four FastTracks career programs is elementary education. Learn more about FastTracks here.