Got a bachelor's and want to be a teacher? RCC hosting Career Switcher event

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Virginia has already been struggling with a serious teacher shortage, and it appears that more people are flowing out of the profession than into it.

Some 10,900 teachers left the workforce ahead of the current school year, while only 7,208 teachers with first-time licenses were hired, according to data from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia Mercury reported.

Recognizing that the need to get more teachers into classrooms is a problem that extends to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is taking action to help attract people to teaching jobs.

RCC will host an information session on how to turn an existing Bachelor’s degree and job experience into a teaching career.

The details will be provided by representatives from EducateVA, Virginia Community College’s Career Switcher program.

The Career Switcher program paves the way to obtaining licensure to teach within 18 weeks. RCC notes that the classes in the program are offered online and on weekends so people can earn a teaching license while still keeping their current job.

Subject areas that are available under this licensing program, include all the sciences, English, math, foreign languages, health and physical education, technology, business, and marketing at all grade levels.

To qualify, an individual must have a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, at least three years of full-time work experience, and PRAXIS subject and VCLA Reading/Writing.

The Career Switcher info session is scheduled for February 21 at 6 pm in the Lecture Hall of RCC’s Glenns and Warsaw campuses.

You can register here. Or contact Holly Dixson for more information at (804)758-6770 or email

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