Orange County Branch Newsletter
Get involved in STEM Education - volunteer tutor or pursue a path to teaching with EnCorps!
Growing up in the South Bronx after migrating from Guyana, South America, one of EnCorps’ newest educators, Julian Lewis, was introduced to airplanes by a pilot who happened to be his 7th grade teacher. After a successful career that included overseeing the operations of Lockheed Martin’s U2 reconnaissance aircraft and serving as the corporation’s Director of Diversity, Julian has decided to pursue a second career teaching, hoping to inspire students like himself. This spring he will be a volunteer tutor at the STEM Academy of Hollywood.
The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program (http://www.encorps.org), is a nonprofit whose mission is to help science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals get involved with deserving middle and high school students from under-resourced communities. EnCorps is an easy way for you to get involved in STEM education and even explore a career in teaching if you'd like!
Our STEM Expert Tutors volunteer a couple hours a week to tutor students in math and science. Our Credential Track Educators also volunteer as tutors and guest teachers, but also receive support in obtaining a teaching credential and finding a position as a full time middle or high school teacher. In either track, participants in EnCorps volunteer their time to work with under-resourced students to increase their knowledge and skills of math and science, and help students learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators and collaborators.
EnCorps provides unique opportunities for our Educators, including:
- Tutoring placements, which enables you to work directly with students right away
- Helping out and guest teaching in a real classroom, which enables you to see what teaching feels like firsthand before you enroll in a credential program
- Assistance and guidance with selecting and applying to teaching credential programs
- Support with the CSET exams -- these are subject specific tests that people must pass before they receive their teaching credential
- Access to networks and schools as Educators seek full time employment as teachers
- Ongoing professional development via our fall and spring institutes, and our summer boot camp
EnCorps is free to our Educators. However, you must apply to our program. In order to qualify, you must be in STEM profession with at least 3 years of full-time STEM-related work experience, you must be fully eligible to work in the United States, you must hold an undergraduate degree, your undergraduate GPA must be 2.50 or higher, and you must not hold a California teaching credential.
We are holding Interview Days throughout the spring for STEMx Tutors and the Credential Pathway. Only applications submitted by the Application Deadline will be considered. We have a limited number of open spots and accept candidates on a rolling basis; it is in your best interest to apply early! All accepted candidates will begin our program in June 2015.
APPLY NOW for consideration into our 2015 cohort: http://encorps.org/educators/application
|Location||Interview Day Date||Application Deadline|
April 21, 2015
|Los Angeles||May 26, 2015||FINAL DEADLINE: May 18|
You may also contact Bethany Orozco, EnCorps' Southern California Program and Recruitment Director, at 310-293-9220 or [email protected].
Find out more, sign up for our next free EnCorps 101 webinar: http://encorps.org/events/