Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps) is built upon three pillars – professional development, intentional community living, and Ignatian spirituality. The PLACE Corps program embodies the mission and conceptual framework of the School of Education – an encouragement of life-long learning, academic excellence through education of the whole person, the service of faith, and promotion of justice for all. PLACE Corps is committed to fostering excellence in education inspired by the Marymount and Jesuit traditions of Catholic education. PLACE partners with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of Orange and the Diocese of San Bernardino, and is a key member of the University Consortium of Catholic Education (UCCE) – an affiliation of Catholic universities with similar teacher service programs.
Program goals include:
- To bring teachers to the schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino who share a passion for Catholic education.
- To provide schools with highly qualified and motivated young teachers who will help to energize Catholic schools with their enthusiasm.
- To serve as Catholic Volunteer Network members, providing critical community educational needs with compassion and dignity.
- To create an opportunity for program participants to live in a communal context as "men and women for and with others," serving those most in need
- To develop dedicated, future school leaders who will support and advocate for the mission and goals of Catholic education.
- To extend the sense of community between LMU and the local Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and their respective parishes, through the partnership of the PLACE Corps.
- To provide program/LMU alumni an opportunity to support the mission and goals of the University while supporting Catholic education throughout the Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino areas.
- To provide mentoring and support for new teachers so that they will experience the rewards of teaching that far outweigh the challenges of the profession.
- To develop young teachers and forming them into leaders in Catholic schools.
- To broaden the work of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE), supporting each other and sharing resources, thus strengthening and sustaining Catholic higher education nationwide.