LONG BEACH (CNS) – Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Dominguez Hills and five other CSU campuses will share more than $53.7 million in U.S. Department of Education funds aimed at recruiting, training and supporting more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years, university officials announced today.

The teacher-recruitment effort is aimed primarily at science, technology, engineering and math educators. The campuses receiving funds will work with “high-need” school districts to bolster teacher-preparation and residency programs, according to the CSU.

“The CSU is committed to preparing more high-quality teachers who are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to help shape tomorrow’s California,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said. “CSU campuses received nearly a third of the federal funding available, and these awards will be crucial in helping to ensure that our teachers have the training and support they need to continue to ignite passion in children about STEM-related fields.”

Cal State Dominguez Hills was awarded $12.5 million in grant funds, while Cal State Los Angeles received $11.1 million. Other CSU campuses receiving funds were Bakersfield, Chico State, Fresno State, Monterey Bay and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.