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CCSD looking to combat teacher shortage by hiring vets

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. -- Veterans with a Bachelor's Degree that are interested in becoming and educator have an opportunity to get on the fast track to becoming a teacher in Clark County.

“After three classes, which could probably be taken in the summer, candidates will be able to teach,” said Linda Quinn, Assoc. Dean of Academic and Professional Programs at UNLV.

'Troops to Teachers' is all a part of the 'Alternate Route to Teacher Licensure Program' at UNLV. Quinn says it's good for retired military personnel who are looking for a new career.  

“There are about 600 vacancies in the school district around this time of the year, and Clark County will lose even more teachers at the end of the year. So, around the fall season, CCSD will need to hire 2,000 more new teachers,” Quinn said.

Since, UNLV's main target is qualified vets, the school held a webinar Wednesday that highlighted some of the benefits.

“They could get a $5,000 bonus working in a "high needs" school. They could also get up to $10,000 if they didn't use their education benefits,” said Ross Bryant, Director of Veterans Services at UNLV.

Quinn says veterans are good teaching candidates because they are disciplined, skilled, and they have plenty of courage.

“Everyone wants a qualified teacher for their child, we need a qualified teacher in every classroom, everyone has a right to a good education,” Quinn said.

Students of the Alternate Route to Teacher Licensure Program must meet the GPA requirements and have a Bachelors degree outside of education. Veterans will have a better advantage in the hiring process, but whoever meets the requirements, will be eligible to teach at CCSD.

The deadline for the summer program is March 14. To learn more go here.