P. O. BOX 2120
March 13, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Thomas A. Elliott
Assistant Superintendent for Compliance
SUBJECT: Virginia Center for Career Transition/Troops to Teachers

     During the past three years, Virginia has participated in
  the Troops to Teachers Program which contributed funding to
  support the employment of military personnel as classroom
  teachers.  The incentive grants that provided school divisions
  funding to supplement teaching salaries of military personnel
  have been eliminated, and the Troops to Teachers' focus has
  been redirected to providing placement assistance.  A
  cooperative effort between DANTES (Defense Activity for 
  Non-Traditional Education Support) and Old Dominion University has
  resulted in the establishment of the Virginia Center for
  Career Transition/Troops to Teachers.  The Center will provide
  assistance to military personnel with degrees who are
  interested in seeking a second career in teaching.

     The Virginia Center for Career Transition, located at Old
  Dominion University, offers a nationally recognized Military
  Career Transition Program (MCTP) that has successfully
  prepared over 700 teachers in the past nine years. 
  Individuals who have completed the teacher preparation program
  at Old Dominion University have successfully made the
  transition from the military to teaching.  Their scores on the
  Praxis Academic Skills Assessments (Reading, Writing, and
  Mathematics) have consistently exceeded national and state
  passing rates.

     A service provided through the Virginia Center for Career
  Transition is a Troops to Teachers data base of employment
  opportunities.  You are invited to post your school division's
  vacancies directly on the job listing.  To request an access
  code and specific directions outlining procedures to post
  vacancies, you should contact staff members at the Virginia
  Center at (800) 560-4317.

     The Virginia Center is also engaging in two initiatives
  to enhance the recruitment process: (1) publication of a
  quarterly Virginia Center for Career Transition Newsletter;
  and (2) sponsorship of a comprehensive Job Fair/Career Seminar
  on Thursday, April 30, from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Webb
  Center at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. 
  Representatives from Virginia school divisions are invited to
  participate in the job fair and interview prospective
  teachers.  You may reserve a table at the job fair by
  contacting the MCTP office at (757) 683-3327.

     I hope you will support the Virginia Center for Career
  Transition.  The initiatives of the Center are providing
  teachers in several of Virginia's critical shortage areas. 
  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (804) 371-2522 if you
  have any questions about Old Dominion University's program or
  the Virginia Center for Career Transition.