State lawmakers allocated $20 million for the initiative last year in response to a teacher shortage in many districts across California, especially in math, science, special education and bilingual education.
A consortium led by OCDE was among 25 districts and county education offices selected for the competitive grants by demonstrating a shortage of teachers, having classified employees willing to enroll in teacher training programs, having a high demand for math, science, special education and bilingual education, and other factors. The OCDE consortium was awarded funding to cover up to 200 grants.
Classified employees from districts across Orange County are eligible for the latest batch of 50 grants if they meet certain requirements. They are:
Applicants must be employed as a classified employee at a school district or county office
Have completed a minimum of 60 units or have an AA degree
Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
Secured two letters of recommendation
Completed a personal statement
Provided unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
Application materials have been forwarded to local districts. Anyone interested in applying should contact their human resources department or department supervisors.