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January 28, 2014

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BCF Teacher Education Chair Susan Wegmann leads the discussion for the new Teacher Education Advisory Board.

Susan Wegmann, Chair of the Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville held a meeting on January 23 for the new Teacher Education Advisory Board. The board is made up of twelve representatives from Washington, Holmes, and Jackson counties. The board will offer professional advice regarding the courses within the BCF Teacher Education program as well as ways to have more student involvement in the local classrooms.

In her efforts toward complete state licensure for the Teacher Education program, Wegmann hopes to open new doors and spread awareness about BCF to the surrounding area. Through the creation of the Teacher Education Advisory Board, community connections are being formulated and more and more people are becoming aware of BCF and the impressive impact that the Teacher Education program is having on the community. “The more we’re in the community, the better,” stated Wegmann. This statement is exemplified through the statistical data compiled from the previous year: over 480 children were reached and 4,217 volunteer hours were donated in local schools by the BCF Education students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Not only that, but according to Wegmann, because of BCF Education student volunteer hours, there has been a positive annual economic impact of $32,344.39.

With the positive impact and growth that has already taken place within the program, the new BCF Teacher Education program motto, “Opening Minds, Touching Hearts, Shaping Futures” proves to be very fitting. “My goal is that the board members, local schools, and surrounding community will see the BCF Teacher Education Division as a wonderful resource,” stated Wegmann. “My hope is that our students will have more opportunities to learn from real teachers, in real classrooms than ever before.”

For more information about BCF and the Teacher Education program, please call 850.263.3261 ext. 446 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.