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KEANSBURG TEACHER WINS JUST DO IT TEACHERS' GRANT FROM NIKE INC. AND NFIE

 KEANSBURG, N.J., Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Fran Ciuba, a teacher at Keansburg High School, is one of 20 teachers across the country to receive a Just Do It Teachers' Grant from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) and NIKE Inc. (NYSE: NKE). The grant of $15,000 will fund Ciuba's Project T.Y.P.E. program, or Today's Youth Professionally Enriched, a stay-in-school initiative.
 Just Do It Teacher's Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 over a two-year period, and are awarded to educators who design programs that motivate students to stay in school and achieve academic success. This year's grants, ranging from $3,000 to $18,000, are funding teachers in 17 states.
 Project T.Y.P.E. is giving ninth-grade students at Keansburg High School an opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits and get a taste of the workplace at the same time. The program "provides students with a preliminary dress rehearsal for a successful future in the business world," according to T.Y.P.E. Project Director Ciuba.
 Ciuba believes that many Keansburg students are unaware of the career and educational possibilities that exist for them. "The program will reduce the number of sophomores and juniors who drop out of school, by giving all students involved in the program career counseling, on-the-job training and an opportunity to earn college credits," Ciuba says.
 The program is possible because of a relationship Ciuba formed with Brookdale Community College and local businesses, as well as other faculty members from Keansburg High School. An advisory committee made up of representatives from these groups will guide the program's activities.
 Project T.Y.P.E. enrolls 30 to 40 students in an entry-level typing class. These students use state-of-the-art computers and typewriters to complete a class curriculum that has been approved by both the high school and Brookdale Community College. At the end of the course, they'll complete a typing test at the college, and those who pass will "bank" three college credits.
 Next, students have an opportunity to use their new skills in an office setting by working part-time during their summer vacations. "Students see a positive transfer of their classroom skills to the workplace, build self-confidence in their abilities and set career goals," Ciuba says.
 While they're employed, students also attend workshops that help them learn to be successful in the work environment. These workshops may give them guidance on developing good relationships with co- workers or teach them how to deal with problems that may arise in the workplace.
 "At the end of the year, students will have experienced success in the classroom and the workplace and will know more about the options open to them in the future. We hope this gives our students added motivation and confidence," Ciuba says.
 After Project T.Y.P.E. completes its first year, students may have an opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits during their high school career in other courses from Brookdale Community College.
 "Educators know what will work and what won't in public schools, and they are the best source of ideas for improving education," says Betty Kraemer, president of the New Jersey Education Association.
 "This project demonstrates that teacher-inspired partnerships can benefit everyone -- students, schools and communities."
 Ciuba, a business teacher at Keansburg High School, has written two other award-winning proposals that received New Jersey State Grants. The funds were used to create two computer rooms in Keansburg High School. Ciuba has received certification in business education and data processing instruction, special education and guidance counseling. She earned a bachelor's degree from Trenton State University and a master's degree in human development from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ciuba is a member of the National Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association.
 NFIE was created in 1969 by the National Education Association, and is supported by association members, foundations, corporations and other individuals. The foundation promotes excellence in teaching and learning by empowering educators to meet the educational needs of all students.
 The business-education partnership between NFIE and NIKE was forged with a multiyear $1 million contribution to NFIE from NIKE.
 "The teachers leading these programs are putting hope back into the lives of thousands of children, many of whom encounter obstacles to learning before they ever enter a classroom. These teachers are working to give all children a chance to be successful," says NFIE Executive Director Donna Rhodes.
 "Without support from NIKE, NFIE's dropout prevention efforts would be limited. And the number of students who dropout could easily exceed the 25 percent nationwide who leave school before graduation."
 NIKE is the world's leading manufacturer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. The company devotes three-fourths of its philanthropic budget to inner-city youth programs that emphasize improving education.
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 ~CONTACT: Fran Ciuba, T.Y.P.E. project director, 908-787-7575; Judy Hodgeson of NFIE, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453~
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