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CSU To Help At-Risk High School Students Become Teachers

$3 Million State Employment Development Department Grant to Fund Effort

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(August 6, 2010) –The California Employment Development Department has awarded six California State University campuses a total of $3 million to help at-risk students attain a college degree to become teachers. The Workforce Investment Act funding will support teacher pathway development programs that integrate after-school employment with teacher preparation.

"This grant will touch many areas, but most importantly it will help participants attain a college education and then return to their communities as teachers," said Beverly Young, the CSU's assistant vice chancellor for teacher education and public school programs.

Each of the programs involves a partnership between a CSU campus, community college, community organization and an after-school employer. Participants attend community college while earning a salary by working in an after-school program that focuses on high-need elementary school students. They will then transfer to a CSU campus to become teachers, and eventually return to teach in their communities.

The program is aimed at reducing gang involvement by providing at-risk high school students with a pathway to teaching. Six CSU campuses received funding for the program including East Bay, San Francisco, San Diego, Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Northridge with half offering a specific emphasis on preparing STEM (Science, Technology and Math) teachers.

For more information please visit the CSU's Teacher Education and Public School Programs web site at http://www.calstate.edu/teachered/

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