SAN JOSE, Calif.- To encourage more students to reach for college, Fremont Bank has given Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) $75,000 toward support of SVEF’s campaign to promote “A-G” curriculum in high schools.
The “A-G” curriculum is a series of college-focused classes that students must successfully complete just to apply to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. Students must complete a minimum of 15 prescribed courses in high school, including three mathematics classes through Algebra II. Currently, four of the eleven high school districts in Santa Clara County have adopted the “A-G” classes as their default course of study for all of their students. A key SVEF goal is to support the remaining seven high school districts to adopt “A-G” as their standard curriculum.
Fremont Bank’s $75,000 will go toward implementing SVEF’s “A-G” advocacy initiatives. This includes providing research data, analyzing student course taking patterns, and providing other support to school districts. For schools that have adopted the “A-G” curriculum, SVEF will also develop and deliver direct service support programs for students and teachers to help them meet the new standards.
“Fremont Bank has provided us with a terrific gift to continue our work with schools and the community to get more students in the college pipeline,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We have to get students prepared to fill the workforce needs of the Valley.”
SVEF supporter and “A-G” advocate D. John Miller, a business leader and CEO of DJM Capital Partners, is working with Fremont Bank and other Silicon Valley businesses to promote “A-G” advocacy. He strongly believes “A-G” can make a difference in getting more students into college and into professional careers in Silicon Valley. In Santa Clara County, only 47% of students are currently fulfilling “A-G” requirements.
“Advocating for 'A-G' curriculum, which many educators and community leaders support, is ultimately about broadening employment opportunities for the youth of Silicon Valley by giving them the tools to reach for college degrees and today’s 21st century jobs,” said Miller.
According to Fremont Bank Chairman of the Board Michael Wallace, SVEF’s “A-G” curriculum initiative was brought to the bank’s attention by Miller—its good friend and longtime customer. Wallace noted that Fremont Bank, which has a branch in San Jose, was immediately interested in supporting the program.
“At Fremont Bank we believe in 'Success through Partnership,'” said Wallace. “We look forward to sharing in the endeavors our customers are passionate about, particularly when our joint efforts can bring about real change in the quality of life in our communities now and in the future.”
“Our donation to SVEF is a great example of 'Success through Partnership' in action,” Wallace continued. “John is passionate about implementing the 'A-G' curriculum throughout Santa Clara County, and we share in his enthusiasm and the opportunities for enhanced learning that will result for the children in local public schools. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: 'We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.'”
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a non-profit resource and advocate for students, educators and corporate and individual donors. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of math & science by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. For more information, visit www.svefoundation.org.
About Fremont Bank
Fremont Bank (www.fremontbank.com) is a leading retail and commercial bank, California mortgage lender, award-winning top philanthropic business and consistently ranks in Bay Area News Group’s “Top Bay Area Workplaces.” Founded in 1964, Fremont Bank is one of the oldest independent family-owned and managed banks in the state and focuses on personalized service for clients. It has 18 branches across the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Monterey with loan production offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties. Find Fremont Bank on Facebook at www.fb.com/FremontBank and on Twitter at @FremontBank.