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UW-Platteville students train in Texas

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HOUSTON, TX (WKOW) -- A dozen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students are spending part of their winter break in Texas, working.

They're training to become teachers and a school district in Houston works with UWP to set up the intensive, two week session of student teaching.

The schools there need the teachers and the students need the experience.

"We get a little back home but in a setting like this with the 4 year olds its been a wonderful first experience," said student teacher Nicole Van Haren.

The Aldine School District in Houston has been hosting this program for ten years.

Typically, about thirty percent of the students who train there apply to become teachers in that district.

"Then what we really like to do is have them come back and so their student teaching and we like to our student teachers who've been with us and already experienced what we have as expectations, our students- already been a part so to speak of our staff," said Dr. Wanda Bamberg, Aldine Superintendent.

The arrangement allows the UW-Platteville students to accomplish in two weeks what it would have taken a semester to do at college.

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