By Anna Novak:

The University of Wisconsin–Stout’s Elementary Education Program is broadening their male enrollment with the start of a support group for male students enrolled in the program.

According to the National Education Association, only 16.2 percent of teachers are male, which Jill Klefstad, program director at UW–Stout, wants to change.

The support group has 15 members who met in the beginning of January to express their career choices and issues they are experiencing.

“The goal of gathering is to reinforce and support these young men for choosing a career path in childhood education and to help them grasp the importance of their chosen field of study,” Klefstad said.

At this point the support group does not have an official name, so it is currently called the ECE Male Support Group.

Students who want to join this group can find out more information by talking to Jill Klefstad or visiting

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