WCU gets federal grant for teacher development course

WCU gets federal grant for teacher development course

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - William Carey University has received a $90,000 federal grant which will be used to fund an upcoming professional development course for selected local teachers.

It's the first time for the university to get the renewable, Title II grant, which was administered through the State Institutions of Higher Learning. It'll pay for WCU's Teacher Leader Institute, which will be held in June on the Hattiesburg campus.

20 teachers from eight local school districts will take part as students in the university's educational leadership program.

"There were a total of 12 grants awarded and I believe there were 19 applications and we were one of the successful applications, so we're very excited to have it at William Carey," said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education at William Carey University.

Meanwhile, the university has also received a pledge of $125,000 from the Leo W. Seal Family Foundation for its new school of pharmacy at the Tradition Campus in Biloxi.

The pledge will be distributed over a five year period to help with start-up costs.