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HUAccelerate Program at Heritage University Accepting Candidates for Second Cohort

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TOPPENISH, WA - Heritage University in Toppenish is getting ready to launch their second cohort of accelerated teacher training program. We had a chance to visit with faculty on campus to learn more. 

The accelerated teacher training program, also known as HUAccelerate allows students to earn their Master in Teaching degree while getting real-world experience in the classroom. 

The candidates complete a year of teaching while attending classes every weekend. This schedule allows students to finish their degree in 3 semesters instead of 5. 

Associate Professor, Joanie Monroy from the College of Education and Psychology at Heritage University tells us why there's a need for this type of program right now.

"It enriches our schools and I think it's a real benefit in a time when we're kind of short of teachers, to bring people who really have a passion for teaching and get them ready quickly so that they can benefit students," said Monroy. 

There's still an opportunity for interested candidates to become a part of the second cohort of the HUAccelerate program. To qualify, you must already have a bachelor's degree and be recommended to the program through Heritage University or by school district partners. Classes begin September 18th.

For more information, contact Joanie Monroy at 509.865.0448 or