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UTEACH Program Receives $500,000 Gift

Published: May 15, 2015

Current and future students studying in CSULB’s Urban Teacher Education Academy (UTEACH) will benefit from new stipends and scholarships thanks to a $500,000 gift from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union (FCU). Additionally, the program will be renamed as SchoolsFirst FCU UTEACH.

“SchoolsFirst FCU has long been a tremendous partner for CSULB and this most recent gift will truly benefit students by providing additional access to our groundbreaking UTEACH program,” said Andrea Taylor, vice president of university relations and development. “This partnership is a wonderful example of philanthropy leading to more opportunities for students who will then go out and change our community for the better.”

In addition to supporting the program over the next five years, the gift will also be used to provide five $5,000 scholarships each year as well as $1,000-$2,000 stipends for all program participants.

“Supporting education and professional development is more important than ever; educators build the future, and we believe the work they do is incredibly noble and important in helping to form the next generation of leaders. We are honored to support a program that helps prepare teachers for the future,” said Bill Cheney, president and CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU.

Taking its inspiration from the medical profession’s postgraduate training model, SchoolsFirst FCU UTEACH offers yearlong in-depth, on-site teaching residencies that provide direct experiences in local urban schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. The program has dramatically changed the way teachers are prepared at CSULB and has led to improved educational experiences for low-income children in urban schools.

The gift is part of the $225 million Declare Campaign for California State University, Long Beach. This is the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the university and one of the largest in the California State University system. It also represents a cultural shift that encourages all students, faculty, staff and community members to pro-actively participate in achieving the university’s mission: to provide highly-valued educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service.