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Local Tech Wire

ATLANTA – Armed with a $2.5 million grant from the Nation Science Foundation, Georgia tech is launching a program to help unemployed information technology workers become high school computer teachers.

“Operation Reboot” will train 30 workers. The program launched Sept. 1.

Highlights of “Reboot” include the pairing of an IT worker with a current teacher for one year of co-teaching and the awarding of a teaching certificate with a computer science endorsement.

“A teacher’s motivation, self efficacy, job satisfaction and commitment to teaching are closely linked with their professional identity,” said Barbara Ericson, director of Computing Outreach at the and principal investigator for Operation Reboot. “Through the teacher workshops at Georgia Tech, courses needed for certification, co-teaching and mentoring we will transform these IT worker’s identity into that of a computing teacher.”