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Nevada Turns To WGU Nevada To Help Solve Its Teacher Shortage


Nevada has a teacher shortage.

We hear about the problem in Clark County every year before school starts.

And, in recent years, the lack of qualified teachers has topped 1,000 in the nation's fifth-largest school district.

Not even the state’s education colleges can produce enough teachers to fill classrooms.

Now, Western Governors University Nevada is offering scholarships to try and boost the ranks of teachers statewide.

“WGU Nevada has a nationally-recognized teaching program, and we are very pleased to be helping the state as a whole with its aggressive strides to gain new teachers here,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Dr. Spencer Stewart.

Stewart told KNPR's State of Nevada that scholarship recipients will receive $3,000 per term, not to exceed a total of $12,000 per student.

Scholarships are available to new students who possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-education related field from an accredited university, according to a statement from WGU Nevada announcing the scholarships.

Spencer Stewart, chancellor, Western Governor University, Nevada.

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