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JUNE 2010

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CSU to Kick Off Summer Programs for Underserved Students

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Algebra is cool! Members of the 2009 CSU Summer Algebra Institute.

The California State University is hosting two programs aimed at strengthening the academic preparation of underserved students to increase their likelihood of entering college.

The programs, being offered in June through the CSU African American Initiative, include training for education advisers and algebra for incoming and middle school students. In addition, a policy discussion will be held among top leaders of the CSU and pastors of African American congregations of Northern California.

"Train the Trainer" Workshops for Community Education Advisers

Standards for undergraduate admission to the California State University is the theme of three workshops designed to train community and faith-based education advisers in the Southern California region.

"The training helps community members to become effective college advisers in their communities," said Jorge Haynes, CSU senior director of external relations. "Workshop participants will become familiar with the tools to prepare middle and high school students for entry to the CSU system."

The program, called “Train the Trainer,” is free and provided through the CSU African American Initiative, an outreach program of the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

The sessions will include a walk through CSU Mentor a website designed to help students and their families learn about the requirements to enter the CSU system, select a CSU campus to attend, establish a plan to finance their higher education and apply for admission.

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CSU Summer Algebra Institute student participates in class during the 2009 session.

Participants will also learn about the latest developments in financial aid and will be shown how to plan and conduct a financial aid session for families in their communities.

Community educators interested in attending a session in Southern California may contact a workshop coordinator. The sessions will be offered at the following campus locations:

  • Thursday, June 10, from 9:30 a.m.to 3 p.m. at CSU Long Beach. Contact: Valerie Bordeau, vbordeau@csulb.edu
  • Wednesday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CSU San Bernardino. Contact Dr. J. Milton Clark, mclark@csusb.edu
  • Thursday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CSU Northridge. Contact Gigi McGuire, gigi.mcguire@csun.edu

Math Academies for Underserved Students

CSU Summer Algebra Institute class of 2009 visits a CSU campus.

CSU Summer Algebra Institute class of 2009 visits a CSU campus.

Aspiring college students will receive free mathematics instruction taught in coordination with African American churches in the East Bay and Los Angeles areas. The math academies target seventh and eighth graders attending underserved schools to help strengthen their mathematical skills and prepare them for academic success.

The program focuses on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs to provide the skills needed for students to succeed in the global economy and increase college and career readiness.
California State University, East Bay will conduct 20 Mathematics Achievement Academy courses serving 500 Bay Area students. The sessions will take place at local school sites. Twelve of the courses are funded with a $1.5 million gift from Chevron Corporation intended to expand mathematics achievement for students in the Bay Area. Read More

In Southern California, the Summer Pre-Algebra Institutes are conducted by CSU Bakersfield and will serve 275 students. Classes will take place at eight church sites in Bakersfield, Fresno and L.A. County.

Policymakers Briefing

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and a group of campus presidents will meet on June 16 with pastors from predominantly African American churches at California State University, East Bay.

At the meeting, pastors will receive a briefing on the progress of the CSU African American Initiative, including the Super Sunday events held at 101 churches in spring 2010, the college counseling workshops for community members and the mathematics academies.

The African American Initiative began in 2006 when Chancellor Reed and religious leaders joined to develop a community engagement program to increase the number of African Americans going to college. The briefing for policymakers provides an opportunity to maintain the commitment from partners on both sides. A similar briefing was held with Southern California faith-based leaders at Cal State Los Angeles in March.

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