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Pathways to Teaching Newsletter
PTTP offers students a quarterly newsletter that includes informative articles relating to the teaching profession, updates on upcoming events, CBEST testing information and other pertinent information that relates to teaching. To view these newsletters, click on the links below.
The President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer award program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. 
The award sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.  
Eligibility. Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours  The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement.  Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President's Lifetime Achievement​ Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. 
Volunteers.  Volunteers can sign up and register with the PVSA program.  Once registered you will have the ability to track your hours and service for the organizations with which you volunteer. Hours must be done at volunteer sites that work directly with children. 
How to apply
1. Set up your profile in the system and let us know a little bit about you.
Visit The President's Volunteer Service Award Website and enter the Record of Service Key: RGN-75103 (specific to SCC Pathways to Teaching)
2. Begin to track and record your volunteer hours and activities.
3. Submit a record of service to Veronica Hurtado, Student Services Coordinator for Pathways to Teaching, and she will verify your hours. 
Email Gower Lee or call (714) 628-4961 if you have any questions regarding the President's Volunteer Service Award. 
Future Teacher of Excellence Certificate

To engage the SCC Pathways to Teaching participants with our current services and to prepare them to become future leaders in the teaching profession.


  • Increase your experience working with youth
  • Participate in pre-professional development opportunities
  • Build confidence in preparing to become a teacher
  • Impressive on resume and applications
  • Develop a professional network


  • Complete at least 45 units
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher every semester
  • At least 1 visit with a PTTP counselor every semester
  • Attend the Future Teacher Conference (spring)
  • Complete at least one community engagement requirement (see below)
  • Complete at least two leadership requirements (see below)

Community engagement requirement options (complete one):

  • Complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours
  • Participate and complete a one-semester internship (64 hours)
  • Complete a minimum of 64 hours of employment involving youth.

Leadership requirement options (complete two):

  • Become an SCC TEACH club member and attend at least 2 meetings per semester
  • Attend at least 1 SCC TEACH club event per semester
  • Participate in the SCC Pathways to Teaching Mentor Program by becoming a mentor
  • Attend 1 PTTP pre-professional development workshop per semester
  • Attend at least one PTTP networking mixer
  • Participate in the CSUF STEM Summer Institute (summer)

To learn more about this opportunity, you contact Pathways at 714-628-4928. 

PTTP Mentor Program

 The SCC Pathways to Teaching (PTTP) Mentor Program is a peer-to-peer model designed for community college future teacher students to support high school future teacher students both academically and socially while they are on the pathway to becoming a teacher.  Serving as a mentor or mentee requires a minimum of 10 hours per semester. 

Benefits of serving as a mentor:

  • Make a difference in a student's life
  • Self-reflection and leadership development
  • Impressive on applications and resume
  • Hours count towards SCC President's Volunteer Service Award

How can you become a mentor?

  • Demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm for the field of teaching
  • Willingness to devote time and energy to mentee and meetings
  • Be accountable and communicate regularly with the mentor coordinator
  • Must have a 2.8 minimum GPA

To become a mentor, contact Pathways at 714-628-4928.


PTTP Workshops
The Pathways program offers on-campus workshops throughout the year that focus on issues important to future teachers. Some of the past workshops include: CBEST Test Preparation, UCI Teach, Pathways New Student Orientation, as well as teacher preparation seminars, focusing on the credentialing requirements for elementary and single-subject teaching.
University Representative Appointments
The Pathways program, in collaboration with the Transfer Center schedules representatives of teaching programs at various universities to meet with students at SCC. Students have the opportunity to talk one-to-one with a university representative and learn more about their campus, faculty, financial aid, and various credential programs.
Teacher Education Resource Information and Materials
The following resources are available for students interested in the teaching profession: Subject-Matter Preparation Programs, Credential and Master's Degree Programs, Testing Information, guides to college programs in Teacher Preparation, and informational flyers, pamphlets, and brochures for teachers.
SCC Future Teacher Conference
This event is held during the spring semester and is open to SCC students planning to become teachers in the K-12 system. It includes a keynote speaker, break-out sessions on important topics for future teachers, and a university information fair highlighting teacher preparation programs at various four-year universities.
conference speaker 
Future Teacher Networking Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to participate in specialized events geared towards students interested in becoming elementary, secondary, or special education teachers. Some events include the UC Irvine Math & Science Teach Program, the CSU Fullerton Future Teacher Mixer, and leadership conferences conducted by the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA). These events are a great opportunity for students to get more information on the many paths to becoming a teacher and skills needed to be an effective educator.
Early Welcome Orientation             
In conjunction with SCC, the Pathways program offers high school seniors priority registration. This means that you get to register first before all the new and continuing students at SCC!
As part of this college-wide effort, the Pathways program conducts a separate break-out orientation session for students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching. Services include: Educational planning for the teaching profession, academic advisement from Counselors, an orientation to SCC and the teaching profession, and much more.
Additionally, application workshops and placement testing are also conducted at SCC and on local high school campuses. The Steps for Registration include:
1. Admissions Application
2. Placement Testing
3. Orientation / Advisement