Last week, Nevada Gold Mines donated $100,000 to the Public Education Foundation (PEF) to support current paraprofessionals and guest teachers to become licensed educators through PEF's Teacher Pathway program.
Teacher Pathway recruits, supports, and retains diverse, qualified individuals committed to a teaching career in partnership with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Clark County School District (CCSD). This teacher training program assists individuals already working in public schools to become licensed teachers, which will simultaneously help to address the ongoing teacher shortage crisis. This issue is particularly prevalent in CCSD, which started the 2022-2023 school year with more than 1,400 teacher vacancies.
This donation will support candidates as they work to complete courses to prepare them for the Paraprofessional Pathways Project at UNLV. Through Nevada Gold Mines' support, 39 candidates have received financial support to complete their courses and apply for their teacher training program. An additional group of candidates will receive financial support for summer 2023.