Student Outreach & Engagement 

Student Outreach and Engagement (SOE) is effective when local K-12, adult education, community college and institutions of higher learning faculty, teachers, counselors, principals, deans, and community-based organizations are centrally involved at each stage of the student outreach and engagement process. Partnership efforts are essential and necessary to recruit, develop, and retain future educators for each high priority student population.

Descriptions for each high priority student population are below.  Student outreach and engagement strategies for each type of partnership are in the presentation. 

  • Second Career & Retired Industry Professionals bring their real-world experience to the classroom and newbie enthusiasm to create and understand the authentic application of learning.
  • Community college students successful in STEM/CTE fields are future innovators who spearhead innovation to move the nation forward and can teach the next generation to navigate ambiguity, think analytically and act strategically.
  • Current education profession seeking to upgrade skills & earn new credentials are ambitious education professionals willing to develop and expand their area of expertise to meet other subject area shortages.
  • High School and college students on transfer pathways are diverse populations that can serve as advocates for creating awareness and cultivating authentic early learning experiences to become an educator. 
  • Community college students underrepresented in teaching professions are the connectors who bridge teacher diversity and cultural divide and engage deep teacher and student partnerships.

View and download the Student Outreach & Engagement presentation for more information.

Our strategies, tools & resources support community colleges in developing innovative teacher preparation programs that boost the number and diversity of students entering the education field, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE).