Cerritos College News Release - January 2009
Cerritos College Teacher TRAC to Be Featured in the Community Colleges Impact STEM Teaching
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2009
Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287
NORWALK, Calif. – January 12, 2009 – Cerritos College’s Teacher TRaining ACademy (Teacher TRAC) was selected to be one of the 20 colleges programs nationwide that will be featured in the Community Colleges Impact STEM Teaching. The publication highlights the work being done by community colleges to prepare and renew current and future K-12 teachers involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Teacher TRAC is an award winning program that allows future teachers to complete required course work and gain invaluable teaching related experience. Its elementary (K-6) program and secondary teaching scholar program prepare future elementary school teachers and secondary teachers in the areas of math and science. The newly launched Career Technical Education (CTE) Teacher TRAC trains future teachers in the areas of automotive, welding and woodworking at the secondary and community college level.
The success rate of the Teacher TRAC students is outstanding. Of the 275 Teacher TRAC students who have transferred prior to fall 2007, only three have changed majors or left the university. Once the Teacher TRAC students graduate from the university, they are much sought after. One of the local superintendents gives preferential hiring to any Teacher TRAC graduate from their district. Another school district reported that they had to change their induction program because the Teacher TRAC graduates had already surpassed the original outcomes of their program. Last May, one of the Teacher TRAC graduates, just a third year teacher, was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school.
“In partnership with Cerritos College, we have the opportunity to mentor the next generation of teachers in math and science as well as allowing our teachers to stay current in content and strategies in these important areas,” said Ginger Shattuck, superintendent, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. “Cerritos College communicates and models seamless learning for the future teachers in our District through the Teacher TRAC program.”
The Teacher TRAC Program was awarded both the 2006 California Board of Governors Exemplary Program award and the 2006-2007 Phi Theta Kappa Program Award. These recognitions speak for themselves - Teacher TRAC is making a significant difference in the community.
“In the next ten years, the need for new math and science teachers in California is projected to exceed 33,000,” says Sue Parsons, director of Teacher TRAC at Cerritos College. “In addition to the above mentioned awards, the AACC recognition was a nice validation of our faculty’s commitment and dedication to their role in the preparation of future teachers.”
For more information on Teacher TRAC, visit www.teachertrac.com or contact 562.860.2451 ext.2212.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.