approach — one which is found across the CSU system is the "Grow Your Own"
strategy. CSU campuses recruit candidates from local communities in high- need
regions — for example, in the low-income communities of Long Beach, Los Angeles,
Oakland, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, and San Diego.
In this model, candidates are
recruited as high school seniors. They participate in structured and supported
pathways through community college and onto CSU to complete a bachelor’s degree
and credential. In the pilot program, which served as a model for nine other
campuses — a partnership between CSU Dominguez Hills and Harbor College — nearly 80% of candidates
successfully obtained a credential and returned to their communities to teach.