Saginaw Valley State University is seeing a growing demand for teachers, and will hold a job fair for positions in the education industry Tuesday, June 13 from noon to 2 p.m. in Curtiss Hall. The fair is open to the public.
SVSU’s Career Services office is organizing the fair, which will include more than 45 school districts, most of them local. School districts are looking for K-12 teachers, substitutes, principals, assistant principals and teachers for special needs students.
“With the retiring of teachers and fewer education students graduating, the demand for teachers is high,” said Bill Stec, SVSU assistant director of Career Services. “We have received over 850 postings for teaching positions over the past year through Career Services.”
The Education Employment Fair will offer opportunities for current education students, graduates, and current educators.
“This fair gives current students the chance to get beyond student teaching and build relationships,” Stec said.
Craig Douglas, dean of SVSU’s College of Education and a former K-12 superintendent, has received numerous phone calls from school officials seeking educators.
“The need for quality candidates is at an all-time high level,” he said. “When schools look at us, they know we provide our students with solid field-based experiences.”
“A large percentage of May graduates with whom I spoke either have job offers or have strong leads already. This is sooner than I recall, with a greater rate of success. Thus, this June job fair may be schools’ last, best chance to grab a hold of an SVSU candidate.”