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First Cohort of Grinnell Careers in Education Professions Students Selected

As of December 10, 2013, Grinnell College is proud to introduce the first 35 members of the new Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program. The program, made possible by a generous gift by Charles A. Lewis and Penny Sebring ’64, is intended to encourage bright students from selective institutions to pursue careers in education in order to create lasting educational change. The students admitted to the program average a 3.5 GPA, are involved in a variety of organizations on campus, and share a passion for education. This first cohort also is evenly composed of students in Grinnell’s Teacher Licensure program and students not in the Licensure program but who are interested in other education-related careers such as education policy, counseling, and education research. The students are looking forward to Spring Semester and the official launch of the program. 


Jasmine Gerritsen

Jasmine is a second year Posse student from Los Angeles majoring in English and is currently undergoing the education licensure tract. Along with teaching Kickboxing, she is a part of the local foods coop which promotes sustainable and locally grown foods, has participated in the women's cross-country team, and is a wellness coordinator helping to promote nutrition and fitness. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing poetry and short stories and secretly aspires to write a book someday, preferably in the young adult genre.

Career Paths

One of the wonderful things about education is the wealth of career options within the field. While teaching is probably the most well known education-related career path, the modern world has increased exponentially the number and breadth of jobs in the field. Also, there is a growing understanding that learning and educating continue long after K-12 schooling, further increasing the number of job opportunities available.

Support the Program

This program could not exist without the generous support of Grinnell alumni, friends of the college, and the Grinnell-Newburg community. If you are interested in supporting the Careers in Education Professions program, a number of ways to get involved are listed below. If any of these opportunities appeal to you or if you have other ideas on how you can support the program, please contact Ashley Schaefer, the Lawrence S. Pidgeon Director of Grinnell Careers in Education Professions, at Schaefer[at]grinnell[dot]edu or call (641) 269-9317.

Applying to the Program

Who Can Apply?

Any first-year or second-year student in good academic standing and interested in a career in education after graduation may apply to the program. Third year students wishing to apply may speak with Ashley and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, please complete the APPLICATION found on OrgSync.

 The application will ask you to provide the following items: