Student Earns ECE Teacher Certification Before Graduating High School
Earlier this month, Brianna Faulkner, senior at WHS, earned an Assistant Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher Certificate from Front Range Community College (FRCC) before her anticipated graduation from high school this May. Brianna was in the first Early Childhood Education class at Westminster High School two years ago. Her teacher, Erin Black and Director of Elementary Education, Mat Aubuchon, noticed Bri’s exceptional work ethic and her natural abilities working with young children at Hodgkins Elementary. Bri decided to pursue the certificate program from FRCC independently and enrolled in Early Childhood Education 103. This certificate is recommended by Westminster Public Schools in order to obtain a position as an instructional assistant within the district. Because of this credential, Brianna has an advantage as she seeks employment at the new F.M. Day Early Learning Center that is opening in 2020-21.
Next year, WHS will offer both classes needed to earn this certificate in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for Early Childhood Education professionals. We are the only high school in the area that currently offers a pipeline for Early Childhood Educators from high school straight to the industry!