When Broward College decided to offer four-year education degrees, it hoped to fill what seemed like a dire need for teachers in the county.
But the timing hasn't worked well for the Teacher Education Program, which many hoped would provide a direct pipeline into teaching jobs in the Broward County School District. The program's first nine students graduated in December, and the district hired four of them. Six months later, all four were laid off — the result of budget and union constraints.
Thirteen more students graduated in May, but the district isn't considering them for jobs either. A few of the 22 graduates have found jobs elsewhere.
"We didn't have a crystal ball," said Aline Sarria, dean of the college's Teacher Education Program. "I know the economy has treated the Broward County School District pretty badly."