A great partnership has been created between Cal State University, Fullerton, Teach to Lead, Saddleback Valley USD and Coastline Regional Occupational Program (CROP). Students in Debbie Osborne's Careers in Education CROP class held at Trabuco Hills High School, had the opportunity to participate in a "Cultivating Teacher Leaders" grant, provided by Teach to Lead. SVEA president, Denise Bradford , is a committee member for Teach to Lead and made the connection with the teacher and students to this worthwhile organization. The purpose of Cultivating Teacher Leaders is to mitigate the teacher shortage and diversify the teacher profession in California. Part of the grant includes awarding students a $500 scholarship for their participation in 30 hours of tutoring and teaching activities. Ryen Higgins , an 11th grade student at El Toro High School, received a scholarship for her fieldwork hours and was recognized at a scholarship banquet held on December 12, 2017.

Additionally, through the grant, Aimee Nelson , Director, Center for Careers in Teaching at CSUF, met with the students to speak about the various careers in teaching and the application process for the teaching program at CSUF. Each of the students were given a CSUF t-shirt. It is anticipated that more students will be participating in the tutoring and teaching fieldwork and will be eligible to receive scholarships during the spring semester.