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The California State University Chancellor’s Office announced last Thursday, Dec. 8, that 17 of its 23 campuses — including Long Beach — received Integrated Program Grants.

The grants — meant to develop four-year teacher preparation programs — are from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The amount to the CSU is $5.19 million of the $8 million awarded, with Long Beach earning $249,999. A second round of grant proposals will be available in January 2017. Those that already received grants can apply.

The grants will go toward easing the state’s K-12 teacher shortage, focusing on expanding numbers of teachers with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and bilingual credentials — two of the most needed.

The CSU produces the most teacher candidates in the state and leads the country in STEM teachers, according to a CSU release, awarding 6,500 California Teaching Credentials annually with its teacher preparation program.

“As a statewide innovator in teacher preparation, the CSU is uniquely poised to offer these new four-year blended teacher training programs,” assistant vice chancellor of teacher education program and public school programs Marquita Grenot-Scheyer said in a release. “California’s children and youth deserve highly-qualified teachers committed to student success and the Integrated Program Grants will enable the university to nearly triple the number of new teachers graduating annually with STEM, Special Education and bilingual credentials.”

—Emily Thornton

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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