The Associated Press
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The Hobbs Municipal Schools is partnering with a private, Christian liberal arts college to address a teacher shortage in the booming oil town.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the school district and University of the Southwest signed an agreement last week that will allow district staff to earn their teaching degrees from the college while continuing to work for the school district.
The agreement also allows the institution to count experience in the classroom toward a bachelor's degree in education for instructional assistants.
Currently, Hobbs schools employ hundreds of instructional assistants, who must possess a high school diploma or GED.
Hobbs Schools Superintendent T.J. Parks says the district loses around 10 new hires per year because of a lack of affordable housing in the booming oil area.