The National Education Association estimates the U.S. is facing a shortage of about 300,000 teachers and support staff. Job openings began to outnumber hires in 2017, and the gap only widened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 480 years of combined experience in preparing exceptional educators, it’s no surprise that Pennsylvania Western University is doing its part to address this growing crisis.

“Our sister campuses share a proud history in teacher preparation,” said Dr. Daniel Engstrom, deputy provost. “As the demand for qualified educators grows, PennWest continues to look for new recruitment and training solutions to meet the dire need within our communities.”

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