Teacher Pathway Program Sends 20 Teens to STEM Institute at CSUF

The Fullerton College Teacher Pathway Program (TPP) has selected 20 high school students from Anaheim and Fullerton Joint Union high school districts to attend the Summer STEM Residential Institute for Future Teachers at Cal State Fullerton on August 1-4. The program is a part of the Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership, which is designed to encourage high school and college students interested in teaching to participate in a pre-professional preparation program that provides early college academic and career related opportunities.

“The students selected for the summer institute are 10th and 11th grade students with a strong desire to pursue a teaching career,” said project coordinator Kristin Minahan.

The students will spend four nights and three days in a residential setting and will get hands-on learning experiences that connect material learned in the classroom to skills used for teaching. They’ll also have the opportunity to participate in social and recreational activities.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to experience a university setting,” Minahan said. “The Teacher Pathway Program exposes high school students to a variety of workshops and conferences to prepare them for college.”

During the month of April, TPP held several events for high school students and their families which included workshops focused on transitioning from high school to college, panel discussions from various support programs at Fullerton College, and provided campus tours and information on how to improve parent and student relationships.

The program also sponsored more than 80 students from Anaheim and Fullerton Joint Union high School districts to attend the Tomorrow’s Teacher Conference at Santiago Canyon College on April 21. Students heard from a motivating keynote speaker, Aric Bostick, and had the opportunity to attend a variety of teaching related sessions, Minahan said.

The Teacher Pathway Program is available to high school students and college students who aspire to become future teachers and participate in the Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership. The program offers specialized academic and career advising, leadership development, Fullerton College credit course opportunities, and opportunities to attend teaching related conferences and workshops.

TPP Counselor Jeannie Mitsch, has met with incoming freshmen who will be part of the fall 2018 TPP cohort. The program is specifically for first-year college students who want to pursue a career in teaching. Students in the cohort are guaranteed courses that meet the program requirements, will receive borrowed textbooks, and will gain valuable job/volunteer opportunities to help students build the experience and skills necessary to obtain a job in education.

The Teacher Pathway Program is operated through a collaborative team effort which consists of: Monica Martin M.Ed., director of grants/economics workforce development; Kristin Minahan and Camina Sylvestro, project coordinators; and Jeannie Mitsch, counselor. The Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership is funded through the state of California Career Pathways Trust grant. For more information, visit www.teachingmattersfc.com.

Author: Fullerton College

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