East Carolina University has received a $2.2 million foundation grant for its rural teacher education program.
ECU announced Monday that the money is coming from the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation.
Under the university's Partnership East program, students can complete their first two years of a teaching degree at one of 20 participating community colleges in eastern and central North Carolina. They can then transfer to ECU where education classes can be taken online and part-time.
The program is designed to educate new teachers at home so they remain to teach in their communities after graduation.