The Program for the Education of Native Teachers, PENT, is an important contributor to Brandon University and the Faculty of Education. This unique program allows First Nations and Métis teaching assistants to come to Brandon University to earn their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees during April through July for six spring/summers. On July 15, 2011, the PENT program held a banquet and dance recognizing this year’s graduates.
To date, the program has graduated 508 teachers. One of the strengths of the PENT Program is the extended internship where teacher candidates work as teaching assistants September through March in their communities’ schools. This model of teacher preparation provides jobs in communities where there may be high unemployment and PENT works collaboratively with local educational authorities who select individuals for a career as professional teachers. Congratulations to all graduates!