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Troops to Teachers program now hiring

Oct. 3, 2009 -- Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher? If you have, then the Troops to Teachers program may be just what you're looking for. If you are a veteran, retiree, transitioning out of the service, or a reservist, you might be eligible to take part in this nationwide federal program.
"The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America," said Melissa Fantozzi, the New Jersey and Delaware Troops to Teachers Program coordinator. "TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math and science, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching."
One of the advantages of using the program are the various stipends that are available to individuals provided that they meet certain requirements.
"One of the main benefits of the program is the financial assistance that may be provided to eligible individuals of up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher preparation costs or $10,000 to teach in a high-needs school," said Fantozzi. "The caveat, though, is that individuals receiving this financial assistance must agree to teach for three years."
The purpose of the TTT program is to assist eligible military personnel with the transition to a new career as public school teachers. The TTT program is federally funded, is available in most states, and provides a multitude of services to those who qualify. The TTT program coordinator provides counseling and advisement regarding the TTT program, state certification and job assistance.
Becoming a teacher can be a very rewarding experience and an excellent way to begin a second career. If you are interested in learning more about the Troops to Teachers program, the website is http://www.nj.gov/education/tttnj/, where additional information regarding eligibility, benefits, program requirements, and contact information is available.