College of Communication & Education

Rural Teacher Education

Professor Ann Schulte is the Faculty Fellow for Rural Partnerships, California State University, Chico.

The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) is proud to announce the establishment of the Chico State-North State Together Hub, which will serve far northern California. The primary partners in this new venture are California State University, Chico and North State Together. The new hub's key point people are Ann Schulte and Kevin O'Rorke. Kevin serves as Vice-President of Student Services at Shasta College, a founding member of North State Together. This new hub will serve far northern California communities in the following ways:

The hub will be a vehicle for organizing and sharing the “transformational” work done in the region by the Chico State-North State Together partnership. RSC will “connect” the far northern California hub to other regional hubs through a small and lean national operations office with a strong emphasis on social marketing. Largely, the work of RSC will occur within the context of this California hub and other regional hub partners. Through the hub, RSC and the Chico State-North State Together partnership will work together to create, fund, and share innovative work and activity. Schulte, who is an RSC Advocate, recognizes the importance of these kinds of collaborations.

"It's vital that California State University Chico engage with regional partners in order to support the recruitment and retention of rural teachers. The partnership with North State Together is essential to not only "growing our own" teachers, but it also lends support to an increase in educational attainment and college-going culture overall."

Gary Funk, RSC director, also praised the effort: “We are truly excited to begin this new partnership. Working with efforts and people of this caliber strengthens our organization and is a real boost to our new hub structure."

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