Eastern Illinois University has launched a pilot program to encourage students training to be teachers to consider looking for employment in rural communities rather than urban centers.

Doug Bower, dean of education at Eastern Illinois, said the program, called Teacher Corps, takes students on trips to rural districts to tour schools and talk to teachers about their experiences working there, the (Decatur) Herald and Review reported.

“The whole idea is for them to get to know faculty, get to know students, get to know the staff, and get to know the community,” said Bower. “To us, the most important part of a rural school is that partnership between school and community and how it all co-exists.”

A group of Eastern Illinois University students recently visited

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