Los Angeles Mission College announced Thursday it received a $2.98 million grant intended to improve transfer rates for aspiring teachers.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education places an emphasis on students studying to be teachers of science, technology, engineering, math and ethnic studies, according to Mission College President Monte Perez.

The five-year grant, part of the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, will help Mission College assist students in completing their lower-division coursework, Perez said.

The grant will facilitate specialized counseling for STEM and ethnic studies students who plan to start a career in education, a teacher resource room, peer mentoring, teacher credential articulation agreements and exam preparation, field work experiences and more, Perez said.

“In order to help our teaching students succeed, it’s important that we provide an integrated experience that combines excellent classroom curriculum with early career guidance and preparation,” said Carlos Gonzalez, a student services dean who worked on the grant.

Perez said the funding from the grant “will help us improve success rates for students completing our teacher education program by providing them with the support and resources they need.”

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