April 25, 2012 — Graduation rates for low-income students in Kern County lag far behind other demographic groups, and the number of local low-income students pursuing post-secondary education is even more dismal. For this reason, CSU Bakersfield is consistently seeking ways to improve educational attainment in our community.
Through a new after school tutoring program funded by a $15,000 grant from State Farm Insurance, CSUB teacher candidates are working to increase the academic achievement and aspirations of students in the Beardsley School District.
"This new initiative benefits everyone involved," said Kathleen Knutzen, Dean of CSUB's School of Social Sciences and Education. "It gives our teacher candidates practical teaching experience, while helping to unlock the learning potential of their tutees."
An estimated 30 CSUB teacher candidates will be compensated to provide nearly 6,000 hours of after school academic support this year in the areas of literacy, math, science and social studies. They will also promote complex thinking skills that enable independent learning and intellectual self-confidence.
Between 60 and 80 students per week at each of Beardsley's four school sites benefit from the program, according to district superintendent Richard Stotler.
"We are very pleased with the extra help that our students have been receiving thanks to State Farm and CSUB," he said. "The program allows for more individualized attention that is crucial to our students' success."
For more information:Rob Meszaros
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications