Future teachers learn the ropes at Purdue University

Purdue University could get rid of designated smoke areas (WLFI Photo)
Purdue University could get rid of designated smoke areas (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana high school students are on Purdue University’s campus to learn what it takes to be a teacher.

Students are taking part in the Ignite program, which is put on by the College of Education. Participants spent the day talking to faculty and recent graduates who are now teaching.

McKinstry Witt graduated from Purdue in spring 2016 and now works at Oakland Elementary School in Lafayette. She said the college is gaining respect around the state.

“I went to a seminar before, before I even started my freshman year. They said that a student who got a degree in education here at Purdue were often getting jobs quicker than other institutions here in Indiana,” Witt said. “That’s surprising because Ball State is known as the education school.”

Attendee Lexi Brower said the Ignite program is getting her excited about majoring in education.

“Personally, it’s helped me a lot. There were a lot of things I was confused on what to major in,” Brower said. “They really helped me visualize.”

According to the latest Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs of the Future list, K-12 teaching ranked No. 2 with an average pay of $49,000 a year. Registered nursing tops the list at more than $57,000 per year.