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Nine School District 27J paraprofessionals named to Aims Community College career ladder program

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BRIGHTON — Nine paraprofessionals from School District 27J have been accepted into Aims Community College Career Ladder Program. 

The program — a collaboration between ACC and the University of Colorado BUENO Center — provides educational opportunities for paraprofessionals, tutors, school staff and other individuals interested in becoming elementary bilingual/ESL teachers. Successful applicants receive a two-year scholarship that covers tuition, fees and books as they pursue an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in elementary/ESL education. 

Once they have received their degree, they will be able to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver or the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to attain their elementary teaching license with endorsements in bilingual or ESL education. 

District staff earned nine of 20 spots offered in the latest round up of scholarships. District scholarship recipients  include Brittany Brunz of West Ridge Elementary, Linette Cabral of School District 27J, Tanner Dahlman of Pennock Elementary School, Dawn Espinosa of Pennock Elementary, Loribeth Fontes of Brantner Elementary, Michelle Ruiz of Thimmig Elementary, Brianna Sanchez of South Elementary, Elba Seerden of North Elementary and Maria Torres of Pennock Elementary.