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Community-Based Learning

Linking student talent with community opportunities

The Community Based Learning staff connects the energy and talent of future teachers with opportunities to meet educational needs within local schools and communities, especially with youth from backgrounds of poverty or from high-need schools or communities. A primary objective is to recruit and develop future teachers by involving undergraduates in interactive, cultural, and educational work experiences, which are problem-based and incorporate experiential learning. The program provides paid and volunteer early field experience for undergraduates who plan to teach or work with youth.

Through this work CBL assists youth, primarily from under served communities, to thrive personally and academically, as they move from early childhood through elementary, middle, and high school, and to emerge prepared for meaningful and productive post-secondary involvement.

Program opportunities are provided through partnerships with the California Teaching Fellows Foundation, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, local school districts and community-based organizations. The pool of university student talent is derived from those planning careers, such as teaching, that call for training and experience working with youth.

The following CBL programs provide scholarships, training, counseling, connectivity and opportunities for Fresno State undergraduates to gain experience working in schools:

  • Teaching Fellows Academy (a.k.a. Saturday Academy)
  • Teaching Fellows Scholarship Program
  • NASA Aerospace Academy
  • Youth Technology Institute
  • High School Education Pathway (Career Technical Education)
  • Classified Employees Teacher Credentialing Program
  • Summer Programs and Institutes

2019 EECU Student Grant Program

The 2019 EECU Student Grant Program will open in October 2018. In order to apply for a grant in October, the student must be a member of Educational Employees Credit Union as of June 7, 2018.

The program is open to EECU members pursuing a post-high school education at a community college, university/college, vocational/technical school, or advanced professional training in the United States. Fifty student members will receive a $2,000 grant.

The grant application deadline is December 7th.

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Paul DeRuosi Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be a freshman or sophomore, currently enrolled and in good academic standing with the University, and must be able to demonstrate a regular commitment to service over the last two or more years. Students can receive up to $1,000 based on their financial need.

The scholarship deadline is January 25th.

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