The ChallengeMatching interns with faculty in their areas of expertise and placing interns who successfully complete the program in teaching positions.
Approach/StrategiesThe Project MATCH program consists of a five-week training program (held in the evenings during the months of July and August) and an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced LACCD faculty member during the fall semester. The intern is assigned to work with the mentor to teach one class (3 to 5 hours per week on 16 consecutive weeks throughout the fall semester). If the intern is a counselor or librarian, the intern will be assigned to a mentor in their field and will be given the equivalent non-classroom assignment. Weekday and evening opportunities are available Monday through Friday and the assignment takes place at one of the nine colleges in the District. The annual cost of the Program is approximately $110,000. This includes the Project MATCH Coordinator ($11,000); the Summer Institute Instructor ($11,000); Intern/Mentor stipends ($80,000 – both interns and mentors receive a stipend of $800 divided into two payments of $400 each); books, handouts, certificates, office supplies and event costs make up the difference. The Program is funded with District funds and augmented by staff diversity funds.
Data and OutcomesThe Program receives approximately 400 applications each year of which only 50 interns and 10 alternates are chosen. Retention rates are more than 95 percent. Figures for the 2015 graduating class, including those that received interviews and offered assignments are currently being compiled. 2014 figures are forthcoming.
The Program targets candidates with Master’s degrees and those who meet minimum qualifications to teach Career Technical Education who have not yet taught at the community or four year college level. The Program is managed at the District level by the Project MATCH Manager. The Project MATCH Coordinator is a paid faculty member who is key in recruiting and securing mentors. The Program works best if senior level administrators strongly support and encourage their faculty to sponsor interns. The Coordinator needs to be well connected and respected to succeed in recruiting an adequate number of committed mentors and lead interns through the program.