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July 8, 2002
DH 02 TK043
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cal State Dominguez Hills, Long Beach City College
Sign Partnership Agreement for Teacher Education Program



Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and Long Beach City College (LBCC) officials will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to implement a seamless teacher education process between the two institutions tomorrow (7/9) at 11 a.m.

Cal State Dominguez Hills President James E. Lyons, Sr., and Dr. Billie G. Blair, dean of the School of Education, along with LBCC Superintendent-President E. Jan Kehoe and Farley Herzek, dean of Industrial Trades and Technology, will sign the partnership agreement during a meeting in President Lyons' office at 1000 East Victoria Street in Carson.

The collaborative partnership will prepare highly qualified teachers for elementary schools in California through an articulated curriculum, which includes completion of coursework at LBCC and the CSUDH Liberal Studies Program or Liberal Studies/Teacher Education (Blended) Program.

Students in the Liberal Studies Program earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and then enter a teacher credential program. The Blended Program integrates teacher education coursework with upper division Liberal Studies courses so that students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and a preliminary multiple subject credential in as few as six semesters after transfer.

LBCC students who successfully complete the course and achievement requirements for elementary teacher preparation in the college's CityTEACH program, successfully complete the requirements for admission to CSUDH, and successfully complete the requirements for the first phase of the multiple subjects credential program will qualify for priority admission into the junior (third-year) level of the CSUDH Liberal Studies and Blended programs.

Designated staff at LBCC and CSUDH will jointly plan and implement advisement for students, providing for a smooth transition from the community college level to the third year of the CSUDH teacher preparation curriculum.

This is the second MOU that LBCC has signed in collaboration with a four-year university on teacher education. LBCC is also a partner with California State University, Long Beach in responding to the critical shortage of qualified teachers in the state.

Please call the CSUDH Media Relations Office at (310) 243-3367, the LBCC Public Information Office at (562) 938-4205 or the CityTeach Office at (562) 938-4914 for more information.

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