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NHCS and UNCW Announce "Future Teachers Career Academy"
at Isaac Bear Early College High School

New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) announced today the creation of the Future Teachers Career Academy (FTCA), scheduled to begin instruction in the fall of 2018 at Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBECHS). The FTCA is a joint initiative of UNCW’s Watson College of Education and NHCS and is designed to give high school students an early opportunity to work toward becoming teachers.

Recruitment for the inaugural group will begin in October 2017. Several events are planned for November and December to introduce the program to eighth-grade students, parents, teachers, and counselors in New Hanover County. Applications will be accepted in January and February. To apply for the FTCA, students should visit

“The Watson College is excited to collaborate with the New Hanover County Schools and Isaac Bear on this important work, which gives us all an opportunity to help young people explore the education profession as an exciting direction in their lives. We hope to inspire them to see a future where they can make a difference in the lives of so many people. FTCA is a way for young people to open that door and explore the possibilities that being a teacher can offer,” said Watson College Dean Van Dempsey.

NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley concurs with Dean Dempsey and added, “NHCS has been creating innovative solutions to address the teacher shortage. The Future Teachers Career Academy provides another pipeline to meet district needs.”

IBECHS is the ideal school to house the FTCA. This unique high school features a rigorous academic curriculum with only honors-level courses in the four core subjects: math, history, science, and English. During their junior and senior years, students have the opportunity to take college courses at UNCW for college credit. Enrolling in the FTCA at IBECHS will enable students to potentially:

  • Work toward a career goal of becoming a teacher from their first year in high school
  • Be part of a community of future teacher and UNCW student leaders
  • Receive early advisor support in preparing a path for a career in education
  • Attend college classes in the Watson College and receive priority consideration for admission
  • Visit innovative schools around the region, state, and nation
  • Work in New Hanover County Schools.

IBECHS Principal MaryPaul Beall said, “We’re excited about FTCA and it is a welcome addition. This program will provide new opportunities for IBECHS students.”

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with over 16,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice.

Posted: 10/04/17