Stillman College training veterans to teach

Military helping with teacher shortage

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Stillman College is offering a program to retrain former military personnel to become teachers.

Those who take part in the program could be well compensated to teach in the schools that could use them the most.

“We made a commitment at Stillman to work with staffing the schools down here in the Black Belt,” Derwin Dubose said. Dubose is Director of Military and Veterans Programs at Stillman.

The school is focusing on putting those veterans in schools like those in Greene and Hale counties.

Many of those schools are underserved and could get a boost from this kind of help.

“Veterans who enter the teaching profession are roughly 80% male and roughly 50% minorities. So it is an opportunity for folks to go back to the communities where they came from,” Dubose added.

Veterans would also be well compensated for their work.

Those who complete the training program and agree to work in hard to staff schools could earn bonuses up to $10,000.

“We believe that the military is a solution to find qualified teachers who can work with diverse populations to help solve this crisis,” Dubose said.

Those teaching courses for veterans could start in August.

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