They are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans, and in their former lives they were actors, lawyers, social workers and daycare workers. Now they will be teachers.

Fifteen women and men who completed the 10th Collaborative Urban Educator Program at the University of St. Thomas will be honored at a 10 a.m. celebration on Saturday, June 9, in the university’s O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

CUE, supported by state and private funding, is a rigorous yearlong elementary and secondary teacher licensure program designed for persons from underrepresented populations.

The post-baccalaureate CUE program, one of the nation’s most effective minority teacher-preparation programs, began 10 years ago with the original Minnesota “alternative licensure” legislation.

Counting this year’s grads, 207 teachers have received their licenses through CUE; every one of the teachers has been hired by the cooperating Minneapolis, St. Paul and selected suburban public school districts.

More than 60 CUE alumni have gone on to earn master’s degrees, and more than 15,000 Twin Cities area students have had a CUE teacher.

An additional nine CUE special education grads will be honored at another ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in Opus Hall on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus. This is the CUE program’s first group to receive licensure in special education.

The 11th CUE cohort started the program Tuesday.