My colleagues in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech deserve some major props. Tech has just been announced as one of five research universities across the United States to be part of an expansion of the UTeach program that originated at that University of Texas at Austin.
The program will help leverage Tech’s strengths in science and engineering to help train educators in STEM fields. I’m hoping, that perhaps, there’s a computer science teaching certification somewhere in the future (given Southeastern Louisiana University is the only public university in Louisiana offering teaching certification in computer science).
Did I mention this comes with a $1.45 million grant over the next five years?
Let me reiterate that; $1.45 million. That’s a lot of money for innovation in Louisiana’s cash-starved higher education environment.
I won’t belabor this news any further, and will let the University press release handle the rest.
Suffice it to say that I’m happy to be part of an institution doing this kind of quality work despite being underfunded by the State. I’m proud to be part of the Louisiana Tech family.
Featured image: IDEA Place Balloons, from the 2010 Anniversary Gala; own work.