Credential Program Earns Top Award

A collaborative effort among the Long Beach Unified School District, Cal State Long Beach and other organizations has earned a national honor for helping laid off teachers obtain additional credentials and find jobs in the high-need areas of math and science.

The CSULB Foundational Level Math and General Science Credential program has won the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s Distinguished Program Award in the Outstanding Credit Program category.

The award goes to a credit program that demonstrates originality or innovation in program design and delivery.  The program must prove successful by meeting its goals, receiving positive student evaluations, and meeting budget requirements.

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

A partnership among LBUSD, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, and CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, the College of Education, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the credential 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 in 2011 to more than 700 LBUSD employees, mostly teachers, as a result of statewide cuts to public schools.  The program was designed to improve teachers’ ability to teach math or science in the secondary grades, as well as to help them prepare to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

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 the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

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 currently employed.

For more information about the credential program, contact Regina Cash at 985-5827 or regina.cash@csulb.edu.