Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- April 14, 2000

Center for Careers in Teaching Receives $10,000 Gift From Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union

As part of its ongoing commitment to Cal State Fullerton and the success of future teachers, the Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union has presented a $10,000 gift to the university's Center for Careers in Teaching.

Among the areas the gift is helping fund is the center's Web site, which serves as an advisement tool for current and future CSUF students to learn more about, and/or map out classes needed to graduate and prepare for credential programs.

"We have been gathering the information for the Web site for over a year," says Dr. Claire C. Palmerino, center director. "The gift from OCTFCU provided us with the resources to not only get the site up and running, but also to take it 'on the road.' We used the funds to purchase a laptop computer and projector so that we can bring the Web site into classrooms at CSUF, community colleges and high schools."

"OCTFCU strongly supports the Center for Careers in Teaching for its dedication and commitment to the educational community," says Rudy Hanley, president and CEO of Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union. "By attracting quality individuals to a career in teaching, the faculty and staff of Cal State Fullerton not only help to improve a better future for our children, but also the foundation for a lifetime of learning."

Established in summer 1998, the center recruits, advises and counsels students interested in teaching careers. Its services include academic advisement, information seminars to learn about requirements for CSUF credential programs, presentations to high school and community college groups, and evaluation and consultation for the Multiple Subject Matter Preparation Program. The center's Web site is:

Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union has been providing financial services in Orange County since 1934. It is the largest credit union in Orange County and one of the largest in the country. OCTFCU currently serves more than 200,000 members and has $2 billion in assets.

Media Contacts: Dr. Claire Palmerino, Center for Careers in Teaching, (714) 278-7130; or Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4851

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