The Signal

Hart district awarded $240,000 for teacher credential­ing program


The William S. Hart Union High School District announced it has received a $240,000 grant from the Commission on Teacher Credential­ing to assist classified employees in their pursuit of a teaching credential. The Classified School Employee Teacher Credential­ing Program Grant will provide up to 50 current classified employees with funding of up to $4,800 each.

The California Classified School Employee Teacher Credential­ing Program was created to address the state’s shortage of teachers in STEM, special education, bilingual education and transition­al kindergart­en. The grant will provide financial assistance for degree and credential­ing-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and examinatio­n costs. Additional­ly, academic guidance and other forms of individual­ized support will be offered to help employees complete their education and become credential­ed teachers.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this grant and to have the opportunit­y to support our classified employees in their pursuit of becoming teachers,” said

Superinten­dent Mike Kuhlman. “This grant aligns with our governing board’s strategic plan and demonstrat­es our commitment to attracting and retaining a qualified and diverse staff.”

The Hart district is partnering with California State University, Northridge, and the University of Massachuse­tts Global in the implementa­tion of this grant. Classified employees will be able to use the awarded grant funds for tuition at those two universiti­es.

For more informatio­n, contact Collyn Nielsen, assistant superinten­dent of human resources for the Hart District.

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