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Fourteen Holy Cross Graduates Join Teach For America

College again among top contributors to program
September 17th, 2012 by 

For the fourth year in a row, Holy Cross is a top contributor to Teach For America, a nonprofit organization that sends graduating seniors into classrooms across the nation. With 14 members of the class of 2012 having recently joined the program, the College ranks ninth among small colleges and universities.

Founded in 1990, Teach For America is a corps of outstanding students who pledge to teach for two years in under-resourced schools with the hopes that they will become leaders of educational equality in the future. This year, the corps is comprised of a record-breaking 10,000 members teaching in 46 urban and rural areas nationwide.

Admission to Teach For America is highly selective, as the organization recruits on more than 600 campuses, seeking student leaders from diverse academic backgrounds.

According to Amy Murphy, director of the College’s Career Planning Center, Teach for America is the leading employer for recent Holy Cross graduates. “Holy Cross students are very interested in being agents for change in their communities, in our country and in the world, which is one of the reasons they are drawn to this kind of work,” she says.

“At Holy Cross, our students are challenged to identify where their gifts, talents and passions can be in service to others. The College challenges them to develop their own concept of how to live that out,” she continues.

In Teach For America’s history of 21 years, more than 140 Holy Cross alumni have joined the corps.

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