WCSD holds information fair for people interested in becoming teachers

Kindergarten teachers at Spanish Springs Elementary prepare for the first day of school.

The Washoe County School District is holding a community fair Wednesday evening to provide people interested in becoming teachers with information on how they can become licensed.

The fair will focus on the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) programs, which are designed for people who already have bachelor's degrees and want to make a career change to become a teacher.

Officials with the Washoe County School District say they currently have specific needs for teachers in special education, elementary education, and secondary science and math.

The ARL programs started in early 2015, and roughly 50 new teachers were in WCSD classrooms for the 2016-2017 school year as a result.

WCSD began the ARL programs as a way to address the ongoing teacher shortage.

They add the current deficit with the Washoe County School District's budget does not impact the need to fill some open positions.

"While we are dealing with the challenges we have in terms of budget, we are still going to have a need for some teachers," said Emily Ellison, director of talent acquisition for the Washoe County School District.

Ellison says the licensure programs can take anywhere from one to three years and can cost roughly between $5,000 and $10,000.

The fair is happening Wednesday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology, located at 380 Edison Way in Reno.

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