GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Over 2.5 million dollars was awarded to Aquinas College to teach English as a Second Language and Bilingual teachers in Michigan.
The U.S. Department of Education has award this grant to Aquinas College in partnership with local area schools like Grand Rapids Public, Kellogsville, Kentwood, Kent Intermediate, and Wyoming.
There are 88,000 students in Michigan in need of English as a Second Language (ESL) education with only 300 ESL and bilingual programs available, according to the Michigan Department of Education.
Over the next five years Aquinas will receiving grant funding to develop and implement courses for pre-service teachers, paraprofessionals and in-service teachers.
With successful completion of courses participants will receive ESL and Bilingual teaching endorsements from the Michigan Department of Education.