Grant provides funds for teachers to continue education online

April 28, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Thanks to a new grant from the Chase Foundation, Artesia public school teachers will be able to further their education through Wayland Baptist University.

Specifically, the grant will help teachers work on graduate coursework offered through the Virtual Campus, Wayland’s online component that offers several master’s degrees in education as well as English and history.

A reception for teachers with interest is planned for May 10 at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall in Artesia. Wayland officials will be on hand to discuss the various academic program options, admissions procedures and grant information.

The grant provides funds that will allow teachers to receive up to $1,000 per term beginning with the summer term, which covers most of the cost of one course. Then as funds remain, they can continue to apply for grant funds for subsequent terms. The hope is that teachers can begin the program during their off time in the summer and then continue online with classes once the school year starts back up. Wayland’s summer term begins May 24, with registration from May 3-22.

Chase officials say if the program is well received, they may continue to fund it for future academic years as long as teachers are benefiting. The Virtual Campus follows a quarterly system with four 11-week terms each year, allowing students to accumulate more credit hours toward a degree than the traditional semester format.

“We’re thrilled that the Chase Foundation wants to invest in its local teachers by connecting them with Wayland for their academic needs,” said Mike Melcher, Director of Corporate Development at WBU. “With the Virtual Campus offerings, they don’t even have to travel to gain more education and perhaps further their careers in the future. We’re glad to be an option for them to pursue that advancement.”

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (877) 844-4544 (toll free) or Melcher at (806) 291-3431.