MCCC Education Program
Hosts Special Guests
Oct. 31, 2008

Students in the MCCC Education Program learned valuable career lessons during a special presentation on Oct. 31. Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Tau, Mercer's chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the lunchtime event drew a large group of Mercer's future teachers.

James Lopers, a field representative from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), discussed the mission of this statewide teachers' organization and the benefits of membership. He encouraged students to join at the student membership level. He noted that education remains a recession-proof profession with teacher salaries continuing to rise. "Many teachers are retiring, so there are a lot of jobs available," he said. "But you have to like hard work."

In the second portion of the program, Peter Yeager, client relations director at Educational Testing Service (ETS), described the PRAXIS exam administered by ETS. Noting the "Three E's" that qualify people to teach - education, experience (student teaching) and exam - he explained the hows and whys behind the PRAXIS exam and the resources available for test preparation. He also offered details on registration and other procedures, and distributed a packet of information about the test. He advised students to reduce test anxiety by preparing, organizing and practicing prior to taking the exam.

NJEA's James Lopers, far left, and
ETS representative Peter Yeager,
far right. Also pictured, faculty member
Elizabeth DeGiorgio, second from left,
and student Kathy Michie,
president of Alpha Gamma Tau.
Students heard valuable information
about their future in teaching.