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Skagit Valley College, via Maestros Para el Pueblo, works with Western Washington University and various high schools in the area to help Latino/a students achieve their goals in pursuing a career in education.


What is Maestros para el Pueblo?

Maestros Para el Pueblo is a partnered “Grow Your Own” program that promotes culturally relevant access and programming. Maestros provides a pathway which encourages and supports bilingual and Latinx students to fulfill their higher education goals of becoming a certified teacher, educators and role model for our K-12 school districts in the Skagit Valley Community.



Maestros para el Pueblo

  • High School to Skagit Valley College = Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • High School to SVC (AA-DTA) to WWU = Teacher’s Certificate!
  • High School to WWU = Teacher’s Certificate!

Frequently Asked Questions

Maestros provides clear educational pathways for teacher certification completion. For example, if you want to become an elementary education teacher you would graduate from high school, obtain an Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement degree (AA-DTA) from Skagit Valley College and then transfer to Western Washington University to obtain a Bachelor degree with a teaching certificate. Maestros connects students and their families to key contacts, such as counselors, advisors, multicultural services, and to financial aid assistance at Burlington-Edison High School, Mount Vernon High School, Skagit Valley College, Western Washington University, and Woodring College of Education at WWU.

  • High School Juniors and Seniors
  • SVC students who wish to transfer to Western Washington University
  • Mount Vernon and Burlington-Edison District employees
  • Anyone from the community who wishes to pursue a career in Education

Financial Aid offers grants, scholarships, loans, and other forms of support. The Maestros Para el Pueblo program will help connect students to financial aid sources, such as:

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)
  • The Washington State Need Grant: The Real Hope Act (Washington Application for State Financial Aid-WASFA)
  • The Opportunity Grant: if doing a professional technical certificate, such as Early Childhood Education
  • Other potential funding sources

In the past four years, the Latino/a student population has increased 56.4% in the Mount Vernon School District and 48.9% in the Burlington-Edison School District; the Latino/a teacher presence has also increased 13 and 17 percent, respectively. While the increase in Latino/a teachers is a positive sign of support from the school districts, more Latino/a teachers are needed to reach the goal of teachers reflecting their students.