Education Foundation pledges dollars to grow local teachers

One of Ector County ISD’s strategic priorities is the development of teachers from the local area, also known as “grow our own” efforts.

A piece of that talent pipeline development is identifying current high school students who want to pursue a career in education and helping them along that pathway. ECISD’s new program is called Future Teachers of Odessa.

A donation of $40,000 from the Education Foundation of Odessa is directed toward this new teacher-prep program and will be used to pay for dual credit tuition through both Odessa College and the University of Texas Permian Basin, a news release said.

ECISD will have an event Monday celebrating this at 10 a.m. in room C-34A at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa, 300 E. 29th St., as representatives from ECISD, OC, and UTPB recognize the Education Foundation donation, the release said.