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Jul 31, 2013 09:22 AM EDT

FSU Troops to Help Military Veterans Pursue Career in Teaching

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Florida State University's College of Education (COE) is now offering 'Troops to Teachers (TTT),' a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program, to help veterans and military personnel who wish to work as teachers in public education.

 "The College of Education is excited to offer the Troops to Teachers program. We recognize the importance of providing ample opportunities to student veterans, student military personnel, and veteran career changers. Troops to Teachers is a way we can assist these individuals in establishing a new career and becoming educators in schools where their skill, experience, and knowledge are welcomed and needed," said Marcy Driscoll, Dean of the College.

TTT provides counselling and recommendation services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher.

The Office of Academic Support and Intern Services (OASIS) at the college, along with TTT and COE School of Teacher Education, strives to provide student veterans, a teacher certification.

Billy Francis, director of the Florida State University Student Veterans Center, said that he fully supports the college's efforts to successfully help veterans transition into new careers in the teaching field.

"Attracting veteran leaders, graduating them, and watching them take the lead as teachers in Florida's classrooms are beneficial to students, to veterans, and to the State. We look forward to becoming the premier producer of veteran teachers in the State in cooperation with the Troops to Teachers program," Francis said. "Veteran staff, liaisons, and programming are in place right now at the FSU College of Education ready to assist veterans in their transition from the military, into college, and then into careers in our classrooms."

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