LONGVIEW, Texas — In an effort to get more teachers in the field, Pine Tree High School and LeTourneau University are offering a new program to students.

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, Pine Tree High School students can be part of a program that will allow them to take dual credit education classes in high school and finish with an associate degree. Students can then go to LeTourneau to finish their bachelor’s degree in education and graduate ready to enter the field.

Pine Tree also will guarantee internships to the students working on their bachelor’s degree.

Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Steve Clugston said Thursday night at a parent information meeting that the Early Educator Preparation Program helps fast track students to getting a degree.

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