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Friday, May 13, 2016

RISE Program Completes Circle of Sweetwater Students and Teachers

In the midst of California’s shortage of teachers for high-need subject areas, San Diego State has partnered once again with the nearby Sweetwater Union High School District to ensure that new teachers find jobs and current students have teachers in these subjects.

Titled “Return, Inspire, and become a Sweetwater Educator,” the RISE program is the missing piece of a cycle that aims to serve both students and future educators in the San Diego area. The program came to fruition for the purpose of combating teacher shortages in math, science, and special education, and aims to give students who attended SDSU through the Compact for Success program an opportunity to find jobs within their respective high school district.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with the Sweetwater Union School District,” Dean Joseph F. Johnson said in the RISE Program’s kick-off banquet. “This program allows Compact for Success students to come full circle and find teaching jobs in the district where they once attended.”

To be eligible for the RISE program, a student must first complete the Compact for Success Program through the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). Through Compact for Success, a student within SUHSD who completes the required course materials and achieves a minimum 3.0 GPA has the opportunity for guaranteed admission into SDSU. More information on the requirements for the program can be found on the Compact for Success website.

Dr. Karen Janney, the Superintendent of SUHSD, has worked closely with Dean Johnson to maintain the partnership between SDSU and the Sweetwater District.

“This is an incredible opportunity to not only make a difference in the lives of students and their families, but jumpstart your career right out of college,” Dr. Janney said at the kick-off.

The event, held on April 20th, featured speakers from both the College of Education as well as SUHSD faculty and staff. Students from the district who will be the first to benefit from the RISE program were also in attendance. Visit the Sweetwater Union High School District website for more information on the RISE and Compact for Success programs.