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Montana State University Northern - Teachers of Promise Pathways

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Montana State University Northern provides comprehensive education opportunities in north-central Montana.

Service Activities

In this position, you will support the Teachers of Promise Pathways (TOPP) initiative in an effort to help more high school students explore options for obtaining teaching degrees. This position will involve frequent regional travel as you coordinate with the TOPP director to develop relationships with high school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents, and students. You will also help to develop a program to connect participating students with mentors in order to provide them support while completing high school and transitioning to college.

Community Need Addressed

Assist and support a conduit pathway for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to develop a pathway into an educator preparation program (EPP) in their local regions.

Position Outcomes

Support the implementation of the TOPP project in its second year of operation. Develop working relationships with K-12 and higher education partners. Propose project improvements.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Training

This site provides food assistance and wellness assistance. AmeriCorps VISTA members also receive: 10 Days of Personal Leave, 10 Days of Sick/Medical Leave. Professional development and training opportunities. Eligible for hiring preference with Employers of National Service. Access to My Life Expert member assistance program.

Skills you will gain

Critical thinking and problem-solving, Teamwork and collaboration, Professionalism and strong work ethic, Oral and written communications skills, Self-regulation skills.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization
  • Activity Types Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Higher Education Institution
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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