Ector ISD first in Texas to offer registered apprenticeship program for K-12 principals

ECISD first in Texas to offer registered apprenticeship program for K-12 principals

Ector County ISD has become the first school district in Texas to have a Registered Apprenticeship Program for K-12 Principals.

The career pathway enables principal candidates to gain invaluable job experience while working full-time, paid positions. The result is mentoring, principal licensure (and typically an advanced degree) and professional learning.

The apprenticeship program adds to recent recruitment efforts that provides additional money for the most effective principals, called the Principal Incentive Allotment, and the recently-announced Teacher & School Leader federal grant that will provide even more pay. Principal Fellowships with Texas Tech University and the University of Texas Permian Basin offer the district another way to develop leaders for ECISD schools.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our school district, and it fits nicely with the Human Capital work we have already started,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri. “Since the inception of our strategic plan in 2019, we have invested heavily in recruiting, retaining and rewarding teachers and now we are doing the same for our principals.”

In September, ECISD announced the approval of a Registered Apprenticeship Program for Teachers, a partnership with Odessa College and UTPB that will combine the rigorous college classwork, with hands-on experience with a highly-qualified teacher, and financial support. The program includes generous financial support from the Permian Strategic Partnership, a coalition of 20 energy companies.

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