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CSU Campuses Receive Federal Grants to Increase STEM and Computer Science Teachers

Toni Molle

 

 

​​Three California State University (CSU) campuses were awarded nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program to recruit and prepare science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science teachers to serve students in low-income and high-need schools throughout the state. California State University campuses in Chico ($1,027,195), Dominguez Hills ($1,028,844) and Monterey Bay ($811,719) have received a total of $2,867,758 in funding for the program.

“Collaboration is a key component among educators," said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor for Educator Preparation at the CSU Chancellor's Office. “By expanding the ongoing collaborative partnerships between the CSU and high-need school districts and through development of engaging STEM and computer science programs, more students will succeed in the classroom."

The TQP program is authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act with the purpose of improving student achievement by elevating the quality of the teacher workforce. This includes enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and professional development of new teachers, and recruiting highly qualified individuals into the teacher workforce.

The CSU's Teacher and Educator Preparation programs prepare more of California's pre-school through grade 12 teachers than all other institutions combined. Nearly eight percent of the nation's teachers graduate from the CSU.