Another innovative 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
— nearly 80% of candidates successfully obtained a credential and returned to their communities to teach.