Support UTeach Columbus
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly important to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. However, our nation is not producing a sufficient number of college graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demand for qualified workers in STEM industries and occupations. One of the keys to solving this problem is to have a strong K-12 education system, with well-trained teachers. By increasing the number and quality of science and math teachers, our region and our state will invest in the long-term educational needs of our future workforce and in the economic futures of our children.
Meeting the need
In June 2011, Columbus State University was one of three universities in Georgia to be awarded a federal grant worth up to $1.4 million to support the replication of a nationally recognized mathematics and science teacher preparation program. The UTeach program started at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 and has been replicated at universities across the country. UTeach has dramatically increased the number of students graduating in secondary science or mathematics education through aggressive recruitment, early and intensive teaching experiences, and ongoing support and mentorship for students throughout the program and into their first years of teaching. Columbus State University administrators, faculty, and staff are dedicated to providing the resources and effort needed to successfully replicate the UTeach program so we may see similar results for the Columbus region.
How you can help
Two federal grants worth a combined $2.6 million helped to get the UTeach Columbus program up and running. However, additional support is needed to sustain the program now that the grant funding has ended. You can help by giving to the UTeach Columbus endowment or by giving to support student scholarships, tuition rebates for recruitment classes, internships, or other program needs. With current budget projections, CSU needs an endowment of $4,750,000 in order to sustain the UTeach Columbus program. If you are interested in offering your support for this program, please contact our development officer:
Development Director, College of Letters and Sciences
Click here to give online. To designate your gift for UTeach Columbus, use the drop-down list to select UTeach/STEM and enter the amount of your gift in the "Amount" box.
David Lanoue, left, then-dean of CSU's College of Letters and Sciences, accepts from Michael Olajubutu, a Georgia Power supervisor, a check for $2,500 to help fund the UTeach Columbus program, which aims to boost the number of teachers in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math. Olajubtu is the current president of the Columbus Chapter of Citizens of Georgia Power, an employee group that organizes fundraising efforts to benefit nonprofit causes such as UTeach Columbus.
Celebrating the donation of $25,000 from AT&T to Columbus State University's UTeach program, which focuses on producing more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers, on Monday were, from left, Deborah Gober, education co-director for UTeach Columbus; Alan Medders, vice president for University Advancement; Barbara Buckner, dean of CSU's College of Education and Health Professions; CSU President Tim Mescon; Terry Smith, AT&T regional manager; David Lanoue, then-dean of CSU's College of Letters and Sciences; and Kimberly Shaw, science co-director for UTeach Columbus. For more on the program, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/UTeach.