Roane State hosts open house for future teachers

Roane State Community College’s Education Department is hosting a pair of open houses this month for anyone interested in pursuing a career in education.

The first event will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. ET in room 336 of the Goff Building on the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.

The second event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. ET in room 224 of the O’Brien Building on the Roane County Campus.

Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about teaching and other opportunities within the field of education. High school students who may be considering this career path will especially benefit from the information provided during the open house.

“East Tennessee schools are in need of teachers at all levels of instruction, so we are working to bridge that gap,” explained Stacie Bradshaw, an associate professor of education at Roane State. “Our education programs prepare future teachers for a rewarding and creative career as they kickstart their journey into the classroom.”

Roane State’s Education Department offers classes for students transferring to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree and obtain a teaching license. Programs for early childhood (Pre-K-3rd grade), elementary (grades K-5), secondary (grades 6-12), and special education are all currently offered.

Additionally, 2+2 programs with Tennessee Technological University are available for those pursuing elementary education. Students complete the first two years of coursework at RSCC working toward their associate degree.

Pre-registration is not required for the open house events. Attendees are welcome to drop-in anytime. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact Stacie Bradshaw at

Learn more about the RSCC Education Department online at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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