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May 14 , 2009


CSU Dominguez Hills Transition to Teaching Awarded U.S. Department of Education Grant

(Carson, CA) – The California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) School of Education was among a select number of institutions nationwide awarded a Transition to Teaching (TTT) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Only 14 grants, totaling more than $6.8 million, were awarded nationwide for the 2009 competition. In California, CSU Dominguez Hills was one of only three programs —and the only university— to receive a grant. The university was awarded $642,686 this first year of what will be a five year $3.2 million grant. This is the fourth such grant awarded the university (2001, 2004, 2006 and 2009), making CSU Dominguez Hills the only institution of higher education to receive four grants from the Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching program.

Kamal Hamdan, director of the TTT program at CSU Dominguez Hills and the principal investigator on the grant, said the grant money will be used to expand the current TTT program into the Compton and Inglewood school districts.

“We are fortunate to have earned this grant,” Hamdan said. “The School of Education takes pride in serving the communities within CSUDH's service area and in helping schools within these communities staff their classrooms with highly qualified teachers. Through our Transition to Teaching grants, we have been able to help Lynwood and Los Angeles Unified School Districts staff their classrooms, and now with the new TTT grant, we will be able to work collaboratively with Compton Unified and Inglewood Unified to bring highly qualified teachers to their schools too. I am proud to be part of such an effort.”

Over the next five years, the program will recruit and train recent graduates who majored in math, science and English, as well as mid-career professionals, to become middle and high school teachers in those districts. The program also will offer continuing support and professional development once these students become teachers. The ultimate goal is to provide high-need schools within the CSU Dominguez Hills service area with highly qualified teachers, and thereby helping schools improve test scores and close the achievement gap.

To read the press release from the Department of Education, and learn more about the grant program, visit www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/05/05042009.html.

Information about CSU Dominguez Hills Transition to Teaching program is available at www.csudh.edu/coe/ttt2/default.asp.



About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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