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CSU Receives $1.5 Million Grant from the James Irvine Foundation

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Grant will prepare educators for Linked Learning and provide pathways to degrees in high demand fields

The California State University Foundation was announced as the recipient of a $1.5 million grant to prepare educators who are proficient in Linked Learning and provide seamless Linked Learning pathways to bachelor’s degrees in high demand fields such as engineering and health sciences. Linked Learning combines preparation for real-world professions with academics, transforming education into a personally relevant experience. Research and evaluation shows that Linked Learning contributes to academic achievement, improved attendance and graduation rates in both high school and college, and greater skills for career and life.

“The funding from this grant will be instrumental in the development of new educational leaders who are versed in the Linked Learning approach,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “This new wave of educators, along with the programs being established, will lead to new levels of engagement, persistence and success for California’s students.”

The grant will allow CSU campuses to prepare new teachers, counselors and administrators who are proficient in Linked Learning in regions throughout California as well as develop seamless programs of study that begin in high school and culminate in CSU bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, through the grant, the CSU will conduct research and evaluation and provide data about Linked Learning implementation and outcomes.

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