The Teacher Pathway Program welcomed 54 new freshmen students to Fullerton College this month with a week-long orientation and a trip to Microsoft Corporation in Irvine where they attended Microsoft’s Innovative Educator Workshop. The new students, who are now the fourth cohort of the Teacher Pathway Program, will attend classes together over the next two years as they pursue a degree or certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development and Educational Studies.
“The cohort nearly doubled since last year,” said Monica Martin, who serves as the director of Grants/Economic & Workforce Development and the Teacher Pathway Program. “The popularity and success of the program is largely because Teacher Pathway Program staff does an excellent job outreaching to local high school students throughout their senior year and stays in touch with them during the summer to help them successfully transition to Fullerton College”
During orientation week students participated in workshops and activities to help them learn more about Fullerton College and how to be a successful college student. The workshops included Canvas training, mindfulness and gratitude, the Strengths Finder assessment tool, and a presentation by the Transfer Center. Students also took tours of the college, obtained their campus ID, and learned about service-learning, experiential opportunities and internships.
The week ended with students earning their Microsoft Innovative Educator Badge at Microsoft Corporation in Irvine. Microsoft’s Innovative Educator workshop helps students understand the fundamentals of applying technology in education.
To learn more visit the Teacher Pathway Program website.