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WGU Partners with SW Center to Offer Teachers Discount for Online Higher Education Degrees

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   Teachers in forty-one area school districts will benefit from a tuition discount and scholarships offered by Western Governors University of Missouri as they work toward higher education degrees.

Julie Brown who has been a para-professional working with special education students at Sarcoxie middle school for fifteen years is going back to school to become a full-fledged teacher.

She says, "Middle school kids. That's where my heart is."

Julie landed a scholarship with Western Governors University which is now offering teachers and school staff served by the Southwest Center for  Educational Excellence a five percent discount on tuition.

Executive director Jim Horton says it creates lots of opportunities. "Some people want to go back to get that advanced degree for opportunities maybe as a counselor or as a principal or as superintendent.  But others just want to go to improve their craft and improve their ability to meet the needs of their students."

Julie says, "There's no reason not to do it. When the money is helpful, the time frame is helpful. I just couldn't, even at my age, I just couldn't turn that down."

 Julie also got a push to go to WGU from the special education teacher who's a graduate from the online university herself.

Cheryl Dubuque says, "I loved it. I went through four years of school in two and half years. I was telling these kids (her class),  when I carried  my computer around, I had my class with me and I could work on  it anytime I found  a wifi spot.  I could work on my education." 

Julie has a ten year old and does her own homework after putting her daughter to bed. A big benefit, she thinks, of learning online

Julie says,"It's beneficial because I can do it with my own timeline, what fits in my schedule. And their mentor program, you can call a mentor anytime if you have a problem or questions.  So it's really more individualized than going to a university. And I don't have to drive or change my schedule."

And it brings new career opportunities with financial benefits.

Julie boasts, "Oh yeah, definitely. It will definitely increase my income."

       The southwest center has forty member school districts whose employees can take advantage of the tuition discount and apply for scholarships with WGU.

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