The Olympia Paraeducator Association (OPA) and District have built a plan for the state-required paraeducator training for the 2019-20 school year.
It is important to note that this requirement applies to any classified staff members who assist with instruction in the classroom setting including all paraeducators. This year, employees in these positions are required to complete 14 hours of the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) program. This program will involve four in-person Saturdays and evening options for members. The first training session will be in January 2020.
The following are the FCS modules to be completed this year and when the courses will be offered:
Please Note: You MUST register via the links above. You will not be able to access the classes by searching in pdEnroller. Each session is capped at 200 people; therefore, please register as soon as possible.
Upon completion of the 14 hours of training you will be issued a stipend of $335.
WEA is planning to offer additional options for completing the 14 hours of training, and we will keep you updated as the year progresses. Please prioritize these training dates and times, as make-up opportunities will be difficult to schedule at times that are convenient for all employees due to the wide variety of schedules.
If you have specific questions, please talk with your immediate supervisor or reach out to me via the contact information below.
Executive Director of Human Resources
The following are links with pertinent information regarding new paraeducator training requirements:
Overview of the Paraeducator Certificate Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)