DIANE D'AMICO Education Writer, (609) 272-7241

Rowan University and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will expand their teacher-education and high-technology programs with grants awarded by the N.J. Commission on Higher Education Friday.

About $25 million was awarded, $15 million in High-Technology Workforce Excellence grants, $3 million in Teacher Effectiveness Grants, and $7 million in Teacher Preparation Quality and Capacity Grants.

Rowan received two grants. A Teacher Preparation grant of $793,183 will allow the college to increase enrollment in its teacher-education program by 150 students and hire 12 assistant professors in math, science, literacy, foreign languages, early childhood education and special education, all of which are experiencing teacher shortages around the state.

Rowan will develop a blended Early Childhood/Special Education BA program with a projected enrollment of 50 by 2004. College officials plan to approve this program in 2002 and hire six new faculty members by 2004.

A new teacher education building will be constructed beginning in 2002 and will include an early childhood center to serve as a model for best practices.

Rowan also received a $1,462,248 High-Technology Workforce grant for a program to expand opportunities for undergraduates to study advanced materials for commercial applications in such fields as cellular communications, drug delivery, and information storage.

The grant also will pay for a Summer Institute in Materials Science for high school students and scholarship assistance for minority applicants.

Stockton will receive $187,011 to expand its education program, with plans to add 30 percent more students each year over two years.

The college plans to add teacher educators in each of the two years of the program, with specialties in math, science.

A summer program will be coordinated with community colleges for teacher-education candidates who plan to transfer to Stockton.

On Friday acting Gov. Donald T. DiFranceso also announced his Agenda for Excellence in Education, which incorporates many of the programs funded by the grant in an effort to recruit more teachers and retain them.

DiFrancesco also said he will designate a senior staff member to help coordinate school construction among the various agencies in the state. His goal is to complete long-range planning and have at least $500 million in design and construction projects under way by Dec. 31.

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Date Published: Saturday, July 28, 2001 - 01:00
Source URL: Press of Atlantic City