Teacher Preparation Institute

What's New


Retirement of Lead Counselor, Randy Wilson
Upon his retirement, the Teacher Preparation Institute wishes to express our deepest gratitude to counselor Randy Wilson, who has been with the program since its beginning in 2000.  In his 17 years of service to the Institute, Randy has guided countless students through the maze of educational options and possibilities, helping them find the right path and arrive fully prepared at their destination.  We wish Randy the best in his coming years, satisfied in the thought that his service to our students has made a tremendous positive contribution to our collective future.

Audit of Volunteer Hours
We are at this time doing an audit of volunteer hours, and it appears that some TPI Members have forgotten their obligation since the fall 2015 semester. If you feel you may be one, please stop by the TPI office and have Veronica Baeza or another staff member review your volunteer hours. If you are behind in your volunteer hours, you have until Wednesday, June 9, 2016 to make them up. This is an absolute deadline, so please take note of it. If you have not submitted your volunteer hours by this date, your name will be cleared from the membership roster of TPI.

Volunteer hours are most consistent with the mission of the Teacher Preparation Institute if they can be done at a school site. This brings you exposure to the teaching profession. However, other types of volunteer hours are also acceptable. If you are uncertain of what you plan to do for volunteer hours is an appropriate activity, contact program coordinator Doug Hughey at (909) 274-5254.

Effective Fall 2015

All TPI Members must show their Mt. SAC Student ID for check-in, no exceptions.  Member verification will take place at the first initial check-in, and a current TPI sticker will be placed on the back of ID.

Staying "active" in Teacher Prep

Staying "active" with TPI will allow members to continue to receive our support and services, which include early registration, book loans and workshops.

In order to remain an "active" member in the Teacher Preparation Institute, every member must attend a counseling appointment with Randy Wilson, Will Daland or Jeremy Hart once an academic year.

In addition, every TPI member is required to submit 5 volunteer hours in an educational setting.* If more than 5 hours are done per semester, they can roll-over to the following semester. This requirement is for the member's benefit and is geared toward enhancing the member's experience with the age group that he/she desires to teach in the future. Some possible volunteer opportunities include*:

  • Volunteer for the Mt. SAC Inside the Outdoors program in the wildlife
    sanctuary (2nd-3rd grade tours)
  • Volunteer for the annual Mt. SAC Science Day
  • Volunteer at Cal Poly Biotrek Rainforest (K-12 class tours)
  • Volunteer at El Camino Space Science Day
  • Attend the Road to Teaching yearly conference (only 5 hours credit are given for this event)

Volunteer time-cards for Spring 2016 are now available in the TPI Center.

*The above are only suggestions; students are responsible for seeking and obtaining their own volunteer hours.  However, if any volunteer opportunity comes up during the semester through TPI, students will be informed via Mt. SAC email.

Note: paid positions in a academic setting DO NOT qualify as volunteer hours.