A new local community college partnership will bring future educators to Chapman and help fill the growing need for qualified teachers in Orange County.

Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies and Santiago Canyon College have signed a new partnership that is designed to meet the growing need for teachers in California.

The Chapman Transfer Admission Guarantee (C-TAG) for Future Educators is a new pathway for community college students who want to become elementary or special education teachers in their communities. Under the agreement, students who complete a prerequisite program at Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will be offered guaranteed transfer admission to Chapman University, where they will complete their bachelor’s degree in Attallah College’s Integrated Educational Studies (IES) program.

“The C-TAG for Future Educators is the first agreement of its kind focused on future teachers that is especially geared toward those seeking to serve our children and our community here in Orange County,” said Margarat Grogan, Dean of Attallah College, at the signing event on December 4.

Santiago Canyon College President John Hernandez welcomed the new pathway to teaching partnership, saying, “Streamlining the transfer pipeline, demystifying with that’s like, particularly for first generation college students, is extremely critical and important.”

Scholarships for Future Educators

Along with the partnership, Chapman University President Daniele Struppa announced that five two-year, full tuition scholarships will be available to SCC students who enter Chapman as part of the first cohort in the C-TAG Future Educators program in fall 2021.

“My hope is that they are just the first few from a long group of students that are going to walk the halls of SCC and Chapman,” said President Struppa.

The scholarships will open doors for students in underserved areas, many of whom might not otherwise have access to a four-year education.