Partnership Teach graduates celebrate virtually

Partnership Teach graduates celebrate their commencement virtually.

The virtual full-time Elementary Education Partnership Teach cohort celebrated their graduation virtually on May 9. Ashley Hall, top left, scheduled and facilitated the meeting.

Not being able to gather together in person didn’t stop one of the Partnership Teach virtual cohorts from celebrating their graduation from East Carolina University’s College of Education as a group.

Ashley Hall, one of the members of the online full-time elementary education cohort, arranged a virtual meeting with members of her cohort through WebEx for May 9, the Saturday after ECU’s official graduation.

Six of the 15 members were able to participate in the hour and a half session. They shared their future plans; a few have been hired and a few have interviews lined up. They also shared their favorite memories and the best advice they gained throughout the experience.

Karli Ruscoe, the Partnership Teach virtual coordinator, was able to join their meeting and celebrate with them.

“They had a discussion about how being online students themselves and having a hybrid internship experience due to the pandemic may help to prepare them for the coming school year,” Ruscoe said.

The students were from a range of counties, spanning from Pamlico to Buncombe.

Partnership Teach is the affordable, online degree completion model offered by the ECU College of Education to increase the number of high-quality teachers in local communities. Students begin by taking specific courses at any N.C. community college and then transfer to ECU to complete one of four teaching degrees. The virtual service area, coordinated by Ruscoe, serves all students outside of the North Central, South Central and Coastal regions.

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