Grads In Teaching Program Having Trouble Finding Jobs

College students in a North Carolina program designed to encourage them to become teachers are having trouble finding jobs in these tough economic times.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that those in the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program not only are having trouble finding jobs, but will have to make payments on state scholarships if they don't land work.

The program requires the students to work four years in North Carolina public schools over a seven-year period. If not, they must pay the state $6,500 for each year they don't meet the requirement.

Twenty-one-year-old Jasmyne Hill says the program was sold to high school students with the explanation that it would be easy to find teaching jobs. But revenue shortfalls have school districts laying off many teachers.


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