HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Almost 100 newly certified Connecticut teachers who wanted to enter the profession from other fields are ready to step in front of the classroom.

The 93 people who graduated this week from the state’s Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) summer program are in addition to 122 others who graduated in May.

Many already have jobs lined up in school districts throughout Connecticut.

ARC has produced more than 4,300 teachers since its first class graduated in 1988. It was created to help interested applicants from other professions become teachers, particularly in high-demand areas such as math and science.

The newest crop of graduates was recognized in a ceremony Wednesday. Their backgrounds range from technology and science jobs to music, college football coaching and acupuncture.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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