El Camino Community College

"Since the opening of El Camino College over 70 years ago, we have been dedicated to serve our community's educational and cultural needs. El Camino College is well-known for our academic excellence, our consistently high transfer rate to four-year colleges and universities, and our exceptional career training programs."

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El Camino Community College Staff

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Yadira Arellano-Lopez

Program Director for CPTP, Faculty at El Camino College in the Child Development Division, Co-coordinator for TEACH El Camino
Email: yarellano@elcamino.edu

Why are you excited to build this pipeline? Why do you feel it's important?
Creating this pipeline is one of the most exciting projects I have been a part of. Building this Pipeline is important as we address the teacher shortage in California. I’m excited because we are building our future teachers and they reflect our students.

What is your personal "why" for this work? Why do you do the work that you do?
This work is close to my heart, as an undocumented student myself I found my way to Education by trial and error, I had to figure out that i was more successful as I gained mentors along the way. I found myself taking 9 years to complete my teaching career and it was all because lack of guidance and support. This program encompasses everything that I needed to succeed. This program is what I wished I had when I was in school. I see my students in the same situation I was in 17 years ago and I am lucky to be on the other side now and have the ability to support my students in the ways I needed help.

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Michel Madrigal

Success Coach, El Camino College
Email: michelm8874@gmail.com

Why are you excited to build this pipeline? Why do you feel it’s important?

As someone who went to a community college system, I know there can be bumps along the way to our career pathway. I participated in a similar mentorship program at Long Beach College; I can relate to the students who are a part of the CTPT program. This program is a way to encourage more students to go into teaching.

What is your personal “why” for this work? Why do you do the work that you do?

This work is personal for me because we need more people to go into teaching who are passionate and caring about their future students and want to make a difference in people's lives. I want students to get the inside scope of what it feels like to teach future generations.

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Annie Castillo

Success Coach, El Camino College
Email: a_castillo03@yahoo.com

Why are you excited to build this pipeline? Why do you feel it’s important?

To help students achieve their goals and education career. Also help students in our communities and educate them in this college culture. Most importantly I feel there is a need especially to our first generation students.

What is your personal “why” for this work? Why do you do the work that you do?

I want to help others reach their full potential and achieve any academic or career goals they want to accomplish.



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Renee Marshall

Project Manager, TEACH El Camino
Email: education@renee-marshall.com

Why are you excited to build this pipeline? Why do you feel it’s important?

The CPTP program brings together many of the best practices of teacher preparation - a cohort model, quality mentoring, and a variety of specialized services. California's teacher shortage is at a critical point. This is the time to impact the education system by creating opportunities for community college students to learn about the teaching profession in a structured and supportive environment, while intentionally building and diversifying the teacher pipeline. California's students want to learn from teachers who look like them and who understand their stories and histories.

What is your personal “why” for this work? Why do you do the work that you do?

I am an advocate for supporting teachers and future teachers through a holistic, equity focused perspective, where system barriers are overcome and access is a top priority.