Teacher Pathway Program welcomes 31 future teachers

Publish Date: 
Aug 17, 2017

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a ceremony was held at the King City Education Center to welcome 31 students who are part of the Teacher Pathway Program, Cohort 2.  This is a unique collaboration with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and the Claire Giannini Fund. Family, friends, faculty, and staff attended the festivity. Trustees Manuel Osorio and Candi DePauw proudly witnessed this celebration.

The welcome was given by our Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Celine Pinet and Chair of the Liberal Studies Department at CSUMB, Dr. Deanne Perez-Granados. It was my honor to do the opening remarks and let the students know how special they are and how much the community needs them. Today, there are thousands of vacancies for teachers just in California and I am happy that Hartnell and CSUMB are stepping in to help train the next generation of educators.

Counselors Sergio Diaz and Gabriela Lopez along with Dr. Antonio Gallardo (CSUMB) presented the awards to all students.  The keynote speech was given by Sonia Aramburo, principal at Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield. She shared her experience and her love for the South County Community.

Trustee for the Claire Giannini Fund, Betsy Buchalter Adler (above right) could not miss the event. She spoke so passionately about the role of an educator and how we build a legacy for future generations. “Education is the most important thing,” she remarked.

The program facilitates the completion of an Associate Degree for Transfer in Elementary Teacher Education and seamless transfer to CSUMB’s Liberal Studies program in two years. Students in the program benefit from guaranteed seats in major classes offered locally in South County. Once each cohort is ready to transfer, CSUMB will offer classes needed for the bachelor’s degree at the King City Education Center.

Students benefit from specialized academic advising, financial stipends ($500), and technological support in the form of laptops. The program aims to fill a void with locally grown talent responding to a critical elementary school teacher shortage both locally and at the state-wide level.  The first cohort of 30 students, which began coursework in fall 2016, is on target to start coursework at CSUMB in the fall 2018. Students in the program reside primarily in San Lucas, King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales.