Ave Mitta graduated with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from East Carolina University and a master of science in occupational therapy from San Jose State University.
Following graduation with her BS degree, she accepted a position as a staff therapist at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in Fishersville, Virginia. WWRC is a nationally recognized rehabilitation center and is the only comprehensive medical and vocational rehabilitation center in Virginia. Mitta specialized in working with adults with neurological and orthopedic injuries, as well as vocational students with developmental disabilities. While at WWRC she was promoted to senior staff therapist and clinical education supervisor. WWRC had an extensive fieldwork education program, where the therapists supervised all levels of students from OT and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) schools around the United States.
In 1992, Mitta relocated to the Roanoke Valley and accepted a position as Chief, OT Department, Rehabilitation Services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem, VA.
In order to pursue her goal of teaching, she then accepted a position as a faculty member and academic fieldwork coordinator for (at the time) the developing OTA Program.
During her tenure at the college, she assisted the program director in developing the OTA program and achieving initial programmatic accreditation. She has also held the position of OTA program director, overseeing students in Roanoke, and at the time, two satellite sites—one in Fishersville and one in Lynchburg. She has taught for the OT bachelor?s program and is currently the program director for this program until its final BS class graduates in December 2006. She will then return to teaching in the OTA program.