Edison International Awards $150,000 Grant to CSU for Preparation of Math and Science Teachers

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(March 16, 2006) – Math and Science education received a boost today by an Edison International’s $150,000 grant to the California State University Foundation for developing a program to prepare prospective teachers of science and mathematics.

Edison’s New Era Awards For Excellence in Higher Education recognized California State University’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), which helps high school mathematics teachers prepare students to meet college-level math standards.

EAP, a collaborative effort by the State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and California State University, helps provide students with the mathematics skills needed for employment in the energy and utility sectors.

The Edison grant will underwrite nine regional two-day training sessions over two years for approximately 450 high school math teachers in nine counties within Southern California Edison’s service area. The New Era award also will leverage a $50,000 grant from the Boeing Company as participating teachers are provided with instruction and materials that are used to train other teachers.

“Helping Southern California students attain the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in a competitive job market promotes economic success for Edison and for the region,” said John Fielder, president of Southern California Edison, an Edison International company. “Work force readiness has been identified as one of Edison’s most important business concerns.”

“With thousands of high school graduates entering the California State University under prepared to handle college-level math, there’s clearly a need to prepare teachers to provide a better math foundation,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Edison’s grant promotes better teaching and supports the Early Assessment Program, which is recognized as the nation’s most innovative in aligning K-12’s instruction to college standards.”

Edison’s New Era Higher Education Awards fund innovative programs that support math, science, technology literacy and professional development for teachers.

Based in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison and Edison Mission Group.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: March 14, 2006

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