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Project ACCESS Grant



California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office have awarded Feather River College (FRC), the Future Educator Support program at Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), Plumas County Department of Education (PCDOE), Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE), San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department (DLE) at San Diego State University as a consortium to pilot an online credential program which will address the needs of rural communities, first-generation college students, and second language learners. 
An award of $500,000 to Feather River College (FRC) and its distinguished collaborators for the California Community College Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program Grant has been funded. Senate Bill 577 specified that the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in coordination with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, may award up to three grants to collaboratives formed for the purpose of offering teacher credential coursework remotely in areas of the state with low rates of PK-12 credentialed public school teachers, at a participating community college or colleges. 
With this pilot, FRC and SDSU will act as a “hub” that serves the entire state of  California via partnerships with various county offices across the state to meet the needs of rural areas and areas of high needs such as bilingual education. The rationale for FRC to serve as the hub site is based on two key factors.  First, DLE-FRC, in partnership with the Future Educator Support program, has been able to establish a statewide community-based partnership to form one of the nation’s top teacher credential programs and pathways and the first fully online bilingual credential program in the state of California. Second, there is a critical need for teachers in high-need subject areas that are difficult to fill, such as bilingual, STEM, and special education in the state of California after the passage of Proposition 58. As the demand for bilingual/dual-language programs continues to grow across the state of California, the number of teachers on Short-Term  Staff Permit (STSP) and Provisional Intern Permit (PIP) credentials will increase unless programs are created to meet this growing need in rural, low-socio-economic status  (SES), and other high-need areas in California. FRC is already serving students in these areas of California through the partnership with SDSU, BCOE, and numerous county offices of education. 
The consortium will focus on the expansion of the foundation already established through the fully online credential program by adapting the coursework and adding peer mentoring, professional development, and technology support to meet the unique needs of working adults from rural and other high-need areas.
Project ACCESS Grant Program offers

Project ACCESS Grant Program offers

  • Technology Pack (Computer & Wi-Fi Hotspot) 
  • Coursework
  • Professional Development
  • School Supplies (sticky notes, pen, highlighter, and a calendar/planner)
  • Reimbursement up to $4,000
  • Peer Mentoring and Advising 
  • Exam support for CBEST, CSET, RICA, Cal TPA
Grant Educational Online Course

Grant Educational Online Course

  • Online course through Feather River College
  • Front-load pedagogy and content participants will see once they enter a credential program
  • Students have the opportunity to implement what is learned through fieldwork and videos with instructor feedback


  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Exams
  • School Parking Permit
  • Credential Application Fees
eligibility requirements

eligibility requirements

  • Currently, be the teacher of record in a K-12 classroom
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Apply to San Diego State University Online credential program to start Fall 2021
  • Apply to Feather River College
  • Be enrolled in courses at SDSU in either Summer 2021 OR Fall 2021
  • Be enrolled in prerequisite courses at Feather River College 
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA Application
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Maintain a grade of B or higher on all required courses
  • Agree to at least two years of teaching in a high-need school after finishing the program
Documents required

Documents required

  • A completed Project ACCESS Applicant form
  • Unofficial transcript(s) 
  • Attach CBEST & CSET scores, if completed (This is not required for acceptance into the program)
  • Personal statement (explaining the need for the scholarship and motivation for the desire to teach mathematics or science in a high-need school – two-page maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation indicating why the applicant is deserving of the scholarship 
Submit all items listed above as one PDF file to the Project ACCESS Scholarship Program survey no later than 5 pm on January 29, 2021. 
Next Steps

Next Steps

1. Attend Project ACCESS orientation or watch the video recording
          a. Orientation Date: January 22, 2021 @ 4:00 PM, Zoom: Link
          b. Project ACCESS Grant - Orientation Video Recording: Link
          c. Project ACCESS Grant - Orientation Slides: Link
2. Download & submit  Project ACCESS application
          a. Submit all required documents
3. Submit an application to Mendocino College  
          a. Complete the three steps outline in the informational slides: Link 
4. Submit an application to San Diego State University
a. How to Apply to a Credential Program @ SDSU: Link
Preliminary credential being offered: DLE Credential (Link)