The opportunity to earn Gannon University’s Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention in Corry beginning in January is the subject of an information open house Tuesday at the Corry Higher Education Council.

Those interested in learning more about the degree, courses, financial aid and the application process can stop in anytime between 3-6 p.m. to speak with the Gannon representatives.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Education Council. “The savings in time and travel from not having to drive to Erie or elsewhere for a college degree are considerable.”

With a minimum cohort of 10 participants, the program will begin in January with two courses, “Child Development” and “College Composition.” The program will run at an approximate half-time pace, taking approximately 3 1/2 years to complete, with all courses at the Education Council on North Center Street.

“It may seem like a long time to complete, but those years are going to fly by, and those who completed the program will have the opportunity for a new career and a new life,” Bishop said.

Those with an Early Childhood associate degree are qualified to work as assistant teachers in private preschools and kindergartens, as well as in child care and Head Start programs. Those with the degree and appropriate experience can work as a head teacher in child care and Head Start classrooms, or as a child care program director.

The associate degree also constitutes the first two years of a four-year teaching degree from Gannon, for those interested in continuing.

“So anyone interested in earning a teaching degree can get half of it accomplished here in Corry, which is also incredibly convenient,” Bishop noted.

Those who cannot attend Tuesday’s open house can obtain an information and application packet from the Education Council, or seek more information from Lauren Theisen at Gannon, 871-5563, or theisen008@gannon.edu.

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