JONESBORO (KAIT) The economic downturn is costing lots of people with degrees their jobs.
However this loss can be a boon for educators. Using their degrees, many can get into the classroom through a "Non Traditional" way.
The program takes about 2 years and falls under the guidance of the Arkansas Department of Education. You must apply, take tests, some class work and if you pass you may be placed in a classroom. You will teach while you are in the training program, sort of like being an apprentice.
Once you have completed the program you will receive your teacher license.
Celia Torres is in the first year of the program, she is teaching in the first grade at the Microsociety Magnet School in Jonesboro.
Her degree is in Family Consumer Science but she went into banking for 14 years until her children were born.
After they went into school she decided to follow them into the classroom via the non traditional program.
Torres, "It's a wonderful opportunity because you get experience teaching as well as going to classes for three weeks in July as well as once. "
Torres says she is not alone in her teaching she is also assigned a mentor.
"They are side by side with you every day they help you if you have any questions you can go to them and they can guide you along the way."
To Celia Torres, teaching is not a second, career.
"This is my first career, slightly delayed. I just love teaching, it's incredible to see the light bulbs go off as if to say "I've got it.!"