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Credential Program For Laid-Off Teachers Garners Award

Published: September 3, 2013

CSULB’s Foundational Level Math and General Science Credential program received the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s (ACHE) Distinguished Program Award in the Outstanding Credit Program category.

The ACHE award is granted to a credit program that demonstrates originality or innovation in program design, delivery and the audience it serves. The program must also be successful by meeting its established goals and objectives, receiving positive student evaluations and meeting budget requirements.

The award will be presented in November during the 2013 ACHE National Conference in Lexington, Ky.

A partnership among the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (PGWIN), and CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), the College of Education, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the program was created to provide hundreds of laid-off LBUSD teachers with additional training and credentials to secure re-employment as a math or science teacher.

The program was collaboratively developed after final layoff notices were sent to more than 700 employees, mostly teachers of the Long Beach Unified School District, in May 2011 in an attempt to help these teachers once again become gainfully employed. The program was strategically designed to improve teachers’ ability to effectively teach math or science in secondary grades, as well as to help them prepare to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

CSULB Credential Program for Laid-Off Teachers Garners Award from Association for Continuing Higher Education

The courses were offered at no cost to the participants. Enrollment fees were covered by the Department of Labor National Emergency Grant, and courses, supplies, textbooks and parking were supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and PGWIN. Additional support services such as childcare, transportation, counseling and job placement were provided to eligible participants by PGWIN.

CSULB’s Math and Science Teacher Initiative funds reimbursed participants for one attempt for each of the two CSET exams plus the filing cost to add the new credential to existing credentials through CSULB.

Most of the students in the first cohort passed the CSET and have filed for their credential and many who responded to a questionnaire are employed.

For more information about these credential programs, contact Regina Cash at 562/985-5827.

–Anna Behar-Russell>