A new school year is looming for Big Country students

Some students in the Abilene area will return to class for a new school year as early as this week, while others still have a few weeks of summer vacation ahead.

Fall classes at Abilene schools will begin on the following schedule:

  • August 11 – Abilene Christian School and Texas Leadership Charter Academy
  • August 17 – Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD and Premier High School
  • August 22 − Cisco College
  • August 29 – Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry Universities and Texas State Technical College

ACU Teacher Selector for New Association of Teacher Educators Initiative

The Association of Teacher Educators recently selected two faculty members from Abilene Christian University who were recently selected to participate in its inaugural survey initiative, the ACU said in a press release.

Dr. Dana Mayhall, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, and Dr. Amy Spiker, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, will join the group of 80 educators to explore teacher practices and identify inequitable distribution of resources in schools.

“ATE is committed to exploring the ways in which academics and teacher education practitioners can impact the pressing teaching and learning challenges of our time,” said the President of the ATE. ‘ATE, Rachelle Rogers, in the release.

Ranger College receives $1.5 million for job training

The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded two grants totaling more than $1.5 million to Ranger College to support job training, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said in a recent news release.

The $324,000 Texans Jobs and Education grant and $1.2 million Skills and Development Fund grant will help the school provide training in the automotive and manufacturing, in partnership with TechnipFMC and Saint-Gobain Abrasifs.

According to the statement, funds from the JET program will be used to acquire equipment for more than 120 students for careers in the automotive industry, and the Skills Development Fund grant will help provide training for more than 600 new workers. and holders of the manufacturing industry. .

Brookesmith ISD Receives Funding to Fight Child Hunger

No Kid Hungry, a national campaign led by the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, recently announced that Brookesmith ISD is one of six rural school districts in Texas that will receive funding to improve child nutrition programs.

Each of the school districts will receive $30,000 through the second annual No Kid Hungry Rural School District Cohort, in partnership with the Texas Rural Education Association.

Through this year-long program, child nutrition directors from each district will collaborate to share and adapt best practices to support students.

Abilene Education Foundation will provide grants to new teachers

The Abilene Education Foundation announced its Judy Dudley Memorial Giving Incentives for First Time Teachers (GIFT) grants to Abilene SID teachers on Tuesday.

The bursaries of $150 each, which will be given to approximately 58 teachers new to the profession, are intended for the purchase of additional school materials.

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