CSU-Long Beach urban teaching program receives $500K from SchoolsFirst

April 21, 2015
LONG BEACH, Calif. (4/22/15)--SchoolsFirst FCU has granted California State University Long Beach's (CSULB) Urban Teacher Education Academy (UTEACH) a $500,000 gift, the university announced recently, funds that will lead to new stipends and scholarships for students in the program.

Click to view larger image A mural at California State University Long Beach highlights SchoolsFirst FCU's support of the Urban Teacher Education Academy. (California State University Long Beach Photo)
As a result, the program will be renamed SchoolsFirst FCU UTEACH, after the Santa Ana, Calif.-based credit union.

"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," said Bill Cheney, SchoolsFirst president/CEO. "We are honored to support a program that helps prepare teachers for the future."

In addition to supporting the UTEACH program generally over the next five years, the funds also will provide $5,000 scholarships to five students, as well as $1,000 and $2,000 stipends for each program participant.

The program offers students yearlong teaching opportunities that provide them with first-hand experience in local urban schools. Thanks to the real world training, the program has improved the way teachers train for their careers, according to the university.

In turn, UTEACH also has improved the learning experiences for many low-income students.

"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, CSU-Long Beach 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."