CSU Voices and Views

Celebrating and honoring our students

By Pastor La Roya Jordan
Faithful Central Bible Church

Chancellor Charles B. Reed (left) and Pastor LaRoya Jordan (center) greet congregant Kim Walker (right) from Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood. Walker's son attended a CSU Summer Algebra Institute. Courtesy CSU Public Affairs

Chancellor Charles B. Reed (left) and Pastor LaRoya Jordan (center) greet congregant Kim Walker (right) from Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood. Walker's son attended a CSU Summer Algebra Institute. Courtesy CSU Public Affairs

Each year Faithful Central Bible Church located in Inglewood California celebrates the achievements of our graduates in an honoring Baccalaureate ceremony. Our Bishop, Dr. Kenneth C Ulmer has always been a proponent of furthering education and he openly makes this known to the congregants.

A few years ago we had the opportunity to join our efforts with those of the CSU system by hosting our first “Super Sunday” and more recently offering the “CSU Summer Algebra Institute” to our 6th – 10 graders and the results have been outstandingly remarkable.

Presently, out of 100 or so participants in the Baccalaureate ceremony 42% are connected to the CSU system by either the recipient of a degree or the acceptance to attend one of the CSU campuses.

The 2009 “CSU Summer Algebra Camp” enrolled 52 students and 47 students matriculated through the program with 60% of them being African American Males.

The Faithful Central Bible Church CSU Alumni run the gamut. From first generation college students to mothers and grandmothers returning to school to complete a degree they began years earlier. The opportunity is there and because of the well implemented strategy that is collectively in place by all the CSU campuses our congregants are successfully taking advantage of what is being offered.

We are blessed and thankful that the “It takes a Village” mentality is alive and well with the CSU administration and governing body as well as on each one of their campuses.

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