26 Dec 2017

Heritage Receives U.S. Department of Education Grants

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Two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education will help Heritage increase the number of minority and first-generation college students who move into teaching careers at both the K-12 and college levels.

A $2.7 million grant directed to the university’s teacher preparation program will help attract more Hispanic students to become elementary and middle school teachers, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. With the support of the grant funding, Heritage is enhancing its Theory to Practice teaching preparation program to include a STEM track. This enhancement includes STEM summer institutes for mentor teachers from partnering school districts, a summer STEM camp for K-12 students from these same districts, year-long field experiences for Heritage teacher preparation students, STEM apprentice teaching, and a restructured starting teacher program.

A second $1.2 million Title V grant brings back a program that last served Heritage students four years ago. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides support to Heritage students whose academic and professional goals include earning a Ph.D. and becoming a college professor. The grant will fund a total of 25 McNair scholars. Each will receive individualized academic and support services that include hands-on summer internships with leading researchers in their field, tutoring and mentoring, and graduate school preparation courses and workshops. The scholars will be required to take three courses that will prepare them for graduate records examinations (GRE).


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