(Pictured left to right: Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., Superintendent of Milton Public Schools Mary Gormley, and Curry College Provost David Szczerbacki)
Curry College and Milton Public Schools (MPS) have announced a partnership that will allow all employees of MPS preferred partner pricing and discounts for all Continuing Education, Graduate and Post-Graduate coursework and programs of study at Curry. Through this collaboration (which excludes only the Bachelor of Science in Nursing ACCEL program), MPS employees will be able to complete degrees or pursue programs/courses at Curry College’s Milton or Plymouth locations, as well as online.
“Curry College Education programs prepare graduates to make a difference in the lives of the students they teach and to be leaders in public school settings,” says Curry President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. “We are very pleased to provide Milton Public Schools employees this opportunity to advance their careers and to bring the knowledge that they gain at Curry into their classrooms for the benefit of the students in our community.”
“The Milton Public Schools have had a long and robust relationship with Curry College,” says MPS Superintendent Mary Gormley. “This new partnership will positively impact and enhance instruction and ultimately drive student achievement. Milton Public School staff will professionally benefit by being able to enroll in graduate courses/programs at Curry at a preferred partner tuition.”
The partnership will also provide significant value for Curry students; MPS will hire 5-8 eligible students from Curry’s 5th Year Master of Education program as instructional aids in elementary or special education with a cooperating teacher to oversee their second license practicum.
“For the Milton Public Schools to be able to hire talented candidates who are earning their graduate degrees in Special Education from Curry College to serve as paraprofessional in our classrooms is a new and innovative model,” says Gormley. “Partnerships such as these provide the opportunity to foster “home-grown” candidates who will ultimately contribute diversity our faculty.”
Curry Education Department Chair Michelle LeBlanc agrees. “We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities this creates,” she says. “Students who dream of making a difference for children in classrooms across all grade levels and settings will have opportunities to learn from, practice and work in a community of educators focused on student achievement.”
A November 22 signing event at Milton High School formally launched this new collaborative partnership. In attendance were Superintendent of Milton Public Schools Mary Gormley, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. and Provost David Szczerbacki, Chair of the Curry College Education Department Michelle LeBlanc, and Curry College Education faculty members Mary Woods and Joanne Seltzer.