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CCI Offers Future Teachers a Close-up of Science

From Student Life to Newly Discovered Life

UCR program offers greater L.A. students a snapshot of college and a close-up of science.

(July 25, 2008)

Hands-on science activities are the focus of UC Riverside's Community College Internships (CCI) held July 28 to Aug. 8. Enlarge

Hands-on science activities are the focus of UC Riverside's Community College Internships (CCI) held July 28 to Aug. 8.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Community college students will get a snapshot of university life and a glimpse of a future in teaching science while attending UC Riverside's Community College Internships (CCI). Offered July 28 to Aug. 8, 2008 through the Copernicus program. CCI offers community college students interested in teaching science some real-life science activities.

Among the activities is a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits to meet with UCR Professor David Crowley, who has been researching bacteria at the site. Students will attend chemistry labs with Crowley and his graduate students. Other activities include venturing out to the San Bernardino Water Treatment Facility, and a visit o the Mt. Palomar Observatory to research solar activities.

"Not only does the program offer a chance to experience teaching science, but community college students attending the program get a sense of what it's like to attend a four-year college by staying in dorms," said Ryan Shiba, community liaison for the Copernicus Project. "Our partnerships with university faculty expand as more and more faculty want to provide experiences for these students and to get them into the teacher pipeline."

Various presentations relating to mathematics and science top the agenda as well as the nuts and bolts of how to transfer to a four-year school, apply for financial aid, and obtain a teaching credential. Shiba pointed out that one former CCI participant, Rachael Bedolla, later received a $25,000 fellowship to come to UCR through the California Women's Conference Scholars program to assist in her career pursuit as a teacher.

Participating schools include Chaffey College, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College, and Riverside Community College.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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