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Considering College? You Can Earn a Degree in Education With No Debt

Posted on November 19, 2018

Johnstown, PA (Nov. 20, 2018) –College costs are a major hurdle, often preventing students from furthering their education and earning a degree. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Students considering a career in early education can now graduate from college with no debt. To learn more, attend The Learning Lamp’s upcoming information session titled “Earn a Free College Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education.” It takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2025 Bedford Street in Johnstown. The session is open to the public.

A representative from the Pennsylvania Child Care Association will discuss the Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship program. T.E.A.C.H. works with early childhood providers, colleges and child care staff to offer scholarship dollars and other supports. Its aim is to improve the education and compensation of child care workers. To qualify, individuals must work for a participating early learning program, such as The Learning Lamp.

“The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program covers up to 95 percent of tuition and other costs such as books and travel expenses,” explained Kayla Cobaugh, director of human resources at The Learning Lamp. “Tuition assistance can be applied toward a Child Development Associate (CDA), community college classes, undergraduate and even graduate level coursework.”

A second program will also help early learning staff earn college credit while on the job. A new registered Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program is set to debut in 2019. It’s a collaboration between The Learning Lamp, the Somerset Technology Center and Penn Highlands Community College. The two-to-three-year program will allow participants to earn a CDA credential, then further their education with an associate’s degree in Child Development – ALL while working and being paid. Participating apprentices will receive 18 college credits toward their associate’s degree – nine for the CDA and nine for on-the-job learning. Students will also be paired with a coach at work to help master job competencies.

Want to find out more about the exciting opportunities available for you in early education? Stop by The Learning Lamp on Thurs., Nov. 29,2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the main office at 2025 Bedford Street in Johnstown. Reserve your spot today by calling Stephanie Wilt at 814-262-0732 extension 248 or email swilt@thelearninglamp.org. For more information on The Learning Lamp, visit thelearninglamp.org.

The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 37,197 children and adults from 52 school districts and 71 private and private schools and other organizations in 19 Pennsylvania counties and communities in Maryland and West Virginia in 2017. 

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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