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College Receives $100,000 eTech Grant

Funds Will Expand Use of Technology through Partnerships with Wilmington, Hillsboro and Clinton-Massie Schools

June 7, 2011

Michele Beery

Michele Beery

Wilmington College received a $100,000 grant for expanding the use of technology in its teacher preparation programs at Wilmington City, Hillsboro City and Clinton-Massie Local schools.

The eTech Ohio Commission presented 11 Ohio colleges and universities with funds designated to increase appropriate use of information and communication technology by kindergarten through 12th grade students.

WC’s teacher education program will purchase equipment and software, and coordinate training for pre-service teacher candidates and in-service practitioners. The intent is to prepare future teachers in the use of technology tools and curricula during their student teaching assignments in partner schools.

Michele Beery, associate professor of education and department chair, said this is the first year that private colleges could apply for eTech Grants. Independent institutions were awarded eight grants this year.

“I think this is evidence to the large role that private Ohio colleges like Wilmington play in teacher preparation,” she said, adding that WC has an especially “close relationship” with the three area school districts.

Also, teacher education is WC’s largest academic major.

“We feel this grant will enhance the field placement opportunities for our teacher education students,” she said.
Through activities supported by the grant, new teachers will be better prepared to teach in a 21st century classroom and practicing teachers will keep abreast of new developments in technology-enabled learning — all of which should benefit their students.

“These funds provide a way to equip future teachers and modernize current classroom practices all at once,” said Kate Harkin, executive director of eTech Ohio.

“Ohio is invested in 21st century skills development and I am pleased that the impact of these funds is doubled through the cooperative partnership of higher education and K-12 institutions.”