South Valley Education Initiative
For many South Valley students, college is not a reality but instead an unattainable
aspiration. From Stockton to Bakersfield, Central California has the lowest educational
attainment of any region in our nation with fewer than 16% of its residents holding
a college degree. Through the South Valley Education Initiative, a scholarship endowment
will be created, providing a solution and opportunity for these deserving students.
Teacher Residency Program
In addition to providing scholarship opportunities, California State University, Fresno
is focused on improving student academic achievement in the region by recruiting,
training, and retaining highly qualified individuals to the teaching profession. The
Teacher Residency Program is a successful partnership previously used in other districts
that will address the critical need in middle grades. Helping teachers become prepared
through the teacher residency program, which includes supervision, is key to addressing
the need in the region.
The commitment of the teacher residents is to teach in partner South Valley districts for a minimum of three years after completing the program. This will ensure that teachers learning in the South Valley will be placed in those districts and ultimately make the areas where they live a better place.
It is imperative that a perpetual endowment be established in order to provide scholarships
for these qualified and deserving South Valley High School students, as well as the
teacher residents. People are the greatest untapped resource for improving our Valley’s
economic vitality and quality of life. Education is the key to harnessing this resource.
One of the wisest and most meaningful investments that individuals can make is in higher education and the future of young people. Such gifts provide vital support, and will assure that the outstanding education in our region will continue to thrive now and for generations.
South Valley Education Initiative Steering Committee
Dr. Robert Aguilar
Dr. Juan Lopez
We are honored to thank our generous supporters of the South Valley Education Initiative
Educational Employees Credit Union
President Joseph I. Castro - President's Office
Dr. Harry Moordigian
Ways to Give
Laura Whitehouse, Director of Development
2015 Donor and Scholarship Reception
Jim and Louise Dunaway, Kaye Bonner Cummings and Jim Boren.