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IBM pays employees to become teachers

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IBM employees who would rather teach school than work for the computer giant go for it with their employer’s blessing—and with up to $15,000 in tuition assistance.

Last November, IBM introduced “Transition to Teaching,” a program that gives financial aid and other support to employees who want to move into teaching as a second career. Designed to help 100 employees at a time, the program addresses the need for qualified math and science teachers around the country.

It allows three years for employees to transition out of their full-time IBM jobs and into teaching, and helps support them during their three-month student-teaching stint.

Employees who have worked for IBM for a decade or more are eligible.

The company’s benefits traditionally have been popular with young employees and those ready to retire, says Maura Banta, eastern regional manager for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs. But the teacher-training program appeals to mid-career employees.

“If we’re really going to do something different, we should give people a skill that is critical to the needs of the country,” says Banta.

The company has invested more than $1.5 million in the program so far.

Contact: Maura Banta at (781) 895-2694 or

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