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Articles include:

- Evolving through collaboration and innovation: TTT State/Regional Managers annual meeting

- Celebrating VolEd's 40th anniversay with #My5Words campaign

- CLEP/DSST-A-Thon held at Ramstein Airbase

- DANTES survey identified potential JST enhancements

- TTT Critical MASS

- Fair Winds and Following Seas to DANTES Reserve Component Advisor

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor

Top Degrees Employers Want in 2014

Thinking about transitioning from the military into the civilian labor market soon? With all of the news about unemployment rates, reductions in the size of the military forces, and an economy that isn’t embracing or hiring recent college graduates, some people may fear that there is a lack of options as a veteran seeking employment. However, there is hope. A recent report produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says that employers expect to increase their hiring of recent college graduates by at least 7.8%.

In general, the report shows that employers are most interested in hiring graduates with bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines. More specifically, these top majors include:

  • Business degrees in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
  • Science degrees in Mathematics (including Statistics), Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
  • Communication degrees include Communications and Public Relations.

Notice that many of these degrees require a heavy emphasis in math and written/verbal communication. If you have not begun to pursue your college education, consider using the Online Academic Skills Course or the College Placement Skills Training provided at no cost to active duty and reserve military members. Also, talk to your Service’s local or virtual professional military education counselor about your degree options. If you are already in school and need assistance in a certain subject, reach out to your school’s academic support center (sometimes called Math and Writing Lab or Learning Support Center). Even if you are attending an online school, additional academic support is available to you.

Don’t fret if you are in school and not pursuing one of these degrees. However, you do need to know the job outlook for your potential occupational field and post-military location. To find out more about employment trends for a particular state, check out the national CareerOneStop website.

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site http://www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html.

Taheesha Quarells is the Education Project Manager at DANTES. With over 10 years of experience, she is dedicated to expanding academic and career development opportunities for military members, veterans, and their family members.

TTT Spotlight: Jorge Pulleiro

I just read a great post on the White House blog about Jorge Pulleiro, who was among 47 others distinguished as “gold star” educators — teachers with success in the TTT program and the classroom, shining examples of what TTT does to support, guide and get the best of our military folks into the classrooms and schools, where they can continue to make a difference.

Teresa Daniels, DANTES Troops to Teachers Assistant Department Head

Posted by Colonel Rich Morales on March 04, 2014 at 11:31 AM EDT


We all had teachers who influenced us and helped make us the adults we are today. In 2014, we will be honoring teachers who are having a lasting impact on their students each and every day, and who have also had a lasting impact on our nation – because these teachers are veterans who have chosen to begin a new career in the classroom after serving in the armed forces. 

Our schools across the United States are benefiting from these former service members who are proud to serve their country again as teachers. They bring their unique talents into classrooms and are influencing a new generation of students. The White House and the Department of Defense, through the Troops to Teachers program, are joining forces to bring veterans' unique talents to public schools. Veterans offer unmatched skills, experience, and dedication to the schools and students they now serve.

Pulleiro_Web Our first spotlight is Troops to Teachers participant Jorge Pulleiro, a Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School in Hailey, Idaho. Prior to becoming a middle school Spanish teacher, Mr. Pulleiro served in the United States Army for six years. His Army career took him from North Carolina to Heidelberg, Germany, and points in between. He served as a rear detachment commander for the Army in Germany; a protocol officer and escort for distinguished visitors; and as a team member of the casualty assistance center, where he was involved in the important and somber work of casualty incidents, family notification, casualty assistance, mortuary services and burial honors.

The Troops to Teachers program provided him with the counseling and assistance needed to successfully complete graduate studies and receive his teaching certification. He’s been in the classroom since 2005 as a Spanish language arts teacher. Mr. Pulleiro now uses the skills and experience gained in the Army and is proud to serve -- again -- as a teacher.

Jorge is the first to say that his military training and experience prepared him well for his work in the classroom.

“In the Army, I had to be a flexible and imaginative leader with positive and often urgent, effective reaction to the unexpected. These gained skills transferred to the education arena, as I constantly have to demonstrate flexibility and use imagination in the classroom.” 

 Jorge points out that a military leader doesn’t exist for his own individual personal value, but for his or her ability to show the way and inspire others to follow.  The same is true for teachers, he says.

“As a teacher … my goal has always been to put my students first and to live in such a way that my students would want to follow my counsel.”

Wood River Middle School Principal, Mr. Fritz Peters, says that Mr. Pulleiro is an engaging and  dynamic educator who not only leads by example, but continues to look for new ways to engage his students.

 "He has organized a program to bring exchange students from Spain to our high school, and during our last trimester, we will have middle-level exchange students for the first time at Wood River Middle School. He is starting a travel program for our high-level Spanish speakers to travel to Puerto Rico, and he has initiated field trips for his students to attend cultural events that honor the arts in the Latino culture. In short, he has tons of initiative and is an excellent role model for our Latino students.”

We send a special thanks to Mr. Jorge Pulleiro and to all teachers who once served our Nation in uniform and are now serving our country again as teachers. We are grateful for your service.

Too Old for School? Part 2

Veterans Says No!

Anyone at any age with the desire to learn can “do college.” I can attest to this based on the many phone inquiries I receive here at DANTES from individuals of varying ages, asking for transcript information. The primary reason they are asking is because they are going back to school. Other reasons for transcripts include  employment verification or  for VA programs, such as the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

If I had to guess the average age of the veteran that is contacting DANTES for related information, the statistic would be greatly skewed! Although the average age of today’s college student is about 29 years of age, the average age is on the rise. In fact, we can expect that it will continue to increase as the “not so average” older adult and some veterans 60+ years of age are jumping in to “do college.” From the words of one of the wisest of DANTES customers, “Age is only my number and I want to finish my education to have something to show and pass to my grandchildren’s children.”  So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t let age restrict you. Jump in and learn how to “do college” today!

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site http://www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html.

Stacey Kirkpatrick is the Examinations Program Operations Manager for DANTES. She has over 10 years experience helping military members reach their education goals.

Too Old for School? Part 1

The Brain Says No!


graphic of brain synapsesI'm old. There, I said it. The person staring back at me in the mirror has to be my Mother, not me. My joints do an impersonation of the Snap! Crackle! And Pop! cereal characters when I stand up. I can't count the number of times I’ve had to retrace my steps to remember what I came into the room for. And, um, what was I saying? Oh yeah - does all of that mean I'm too old to go back to school? Hmmm... not so fast there.

The jury is still out on whether mental exercises magically stave off old age in the brain, but some studies at least show promise (http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2014/01/cognitive-training-shows-staying-power). I think it is just common sense that the brain should be exercised every bit as much as the body to keep them both in shape. And nothing exercises the brain like going to school – whether to complete a degree, get a certification, or just gain knowledge and skills that help with your job and/or life. Researching and memorizing facts and creating designs and applying knowledge and... the list goes on and on. All that mental exercise can only do you good!.

It can be scary to go back to school if you haven't been there in a while, but rather than sit there and tell yourself “I can't do that,” get up and say “That sounds like fun!” Do some research, find the school/program that fits your goals, and get started. Ana Dinescu's blog post “I'm Too Old. It's Too Expensive.” discusses five issues returning students should consider, including the question of age. Check it out at http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/im-too-old-its-too-expensive.

Now excuse me while I peruse this college course catalog. If only I could remember what for. **sigh**

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site http://www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html.

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor