Skagit Valley College

Maestros Para el Pueblo

Start your Teaching Career at Skagit Valley College! Skagit Valley College, via Maestros Para el Pueblo, works with Western Washington University and various high schools in the area to help Latino/a students achieve their goals in pursuing a career in education.

Changing Teachers, Changing Lives: The New Face of Teaching

  • Promotes Latino/a student success pursuing a career in education
  • Increases the number of Latino/a teachers entering the teaching field”
  • Helps remove barriers to success in college by:
    1. Finding financial resources
    2. Providing dedicated, one-on-one advisors for guidance and counseling
    3. Creating clear pathways to complete a degree
  • Connects students and their families with staff, faculty, advisors, and financial aid personnel
  • What is Maestros Para el Pueblo?

    Maestros Para el Pueblo encourages and supports Latino/a students and their families to fulfill their higher education goals of becoming a certified teacher and a role model for our Skagit Valley Community.

    Maestros Para el Pueblo promotes Latino/a student success and increases awareness and the need for bilingual/bicultural diverse teachers, especially in Mount Vernon and Burlington-Edison School Districts.

  • Why Maestros Para el Pueblo?

    Maestros provides clear educational pathways for teacher certification completion. For example if you want to become an elementary education teacher you would graduate from high school, obtain an Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement degree (AA-DTA) from Skagit Valley College and then transfer to Western Washington University to obtain a Bachelor degree with a teacher certificate.

    Maestros connects students and their families to key contacts, such as counselors, advisors, multicultural services, and to financial aid assistance at Burlington-Edison High School, Mount Vernon High School, Skagit Valley College, Western Washington University, and Woodring College of Eduction at WWU.

  • Pathways for Teacher Certification

    • High School ➡ Skagit Valley College = Early Childhood Education Certificate
    • High School ➡ SVC (AA-DTA) ➡ WWU = Teacher’s Certificate!
    • High School ➡ WWU = Teacher’s Certificate!
  • Who is Eligible?

    • High School Juniors and Seniors
    • SVC students who wish to transfer to Western Washington University
    • Mount Vernon and Burlington-Edison District employees
    • Anyone from the community who wishes to pursuit a career in Education
  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    Financial Aid offers grants, scholarships, loans, and other forms of support. The Maestros Para el Pueblo program will helps connect students to financial aid sources, such as:

    • FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)
    • The Washington State Need Grant: The Real Hope Act (Washington Application for State Financial Aid-WASFA)
    • The Opportunity Grant: if doing a professional technical certificate, such as Early Childhood Education
    • Maestros Para el Pueblo Scholarship
    • Other potential funding sources

In the past four years the Latino/a student population has increased 30 percent in the Mount Vernon School District and 50 percent in the Burlington-Edison School District; the Latino/a teacher presence has also increased 13 and 17 percent, respectively.  While the increase in Latino/a teachers is a positive sign of support from the school districts, more Latino/a teachers are needed to reach the goal of teachers reflecting their students.


Daisy Padilla, Liason
Maestros Para el Pueblo

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