Tuesday, June 24, 2014

APS Foundation $300K Fund for Rio i2Teach

Arizona Public Service Foundation awards Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation $300,000 to support student success.
Funds will support i2Teach Program at Rio Salado College. 

The Arizona Public Service Foundation will create a fund at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to support a new i2Teach program at Rio Salado College. The intensive program, which will launch this fall, will establish mentor relationships for Rio Salado Teacher-in-Residence interns, who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teacher education area, to achieve teacher certification while being employed as a pre-K-12 teacher statewide.

Preliminary research of this model has proven to increase job retention within the first two years of pre-K-12 classroom teaching. The Arizona Public Service Foundation funds will give priority preference to those teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The Foundation and the Maricopa Community Colleges District are engaged in a $50 million student success campaign. The contribution from Arizona Public Service is an example of corporations recognizing the significant role that the District and its colleges have in training the workforce.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Maricopa Community Colleges, ensures access and opportunity to a quality education to students throughout Maricopa County. This is just one example of how they work with organizations to do just that.

“We support students and programs at the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges,” said Dr. Steve Helfgot, CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. “With the generosity from supporters like Arizona Public Service, we are truly able to offer more resources and opportunities to our students.”

“Developing well-trained teachers in the STEM area is an important part of the future of our workforce and our community,” said Julie Coleman, Foundation Executive Director.

Information about the i2Teach program will be available in the coming weeks. To learn more about Rio Salado’s Teacher-in-Residence program, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education/teacher-in-residence.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation:
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, with its donors and partners, supports the Maricopa County Community College District, its students, faculty and staff, through scholarships, programs, equipment, and financial and human capital.