GLASSBORO, N.J. – Rowan University will receive nearly $400,000 from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for the four-year Troops to Teachers grant.
The university will establish Project MOTIVATE (Mobilizing and Training Inspirational Veterans to Achieve in Teacher Education) which will bring military veterans in the teaching profession.
The Troops to Teachers grant requires successful applicants to establish professional partnerships with at least one high-needs school/district. The university has partnered up with the Camden City School District to give veterans the practical school-embedded experience they need.
“This is huge for our veterans, and it’s a win-win for so many stakeholders,” Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, the Adjutant General of New Jersey said in a press release. “This program will support veterans as they transition from serving our country to pursuing their educational and career goals. The education community will gain well-rounded, loyal individuals who have experienced leadership skills to mentor and motivate others to a common goal.”
“Rowan has a long, proud history of helping active duty students and veterans achieve the right balance in order to excel throughout their academic careers,” said Ali A. Houshmand, president, Rowan University said in a press release. “Our nationally accredited education program and our history of preparing future educators will ensure that Project MOTIVATE will be a success from the beginning.”
The university will focus on encouraging veterans’ interest in teaching, particularly in the in-demand STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as special education and English as a second language/bilingual education.
Veterans will also have support through Rowan University’s “Battle Buddy” mentorship program, that lets them connect with other veterans on campus and in the wider community, including Rowan military veteran faculty and peer mentors.