The Academic and Career Advising Center hosted its second Educators Job Fair
In the Kate Buchanan Room school districts assemble to search for the next generation of educators.
Amy Martin organized the event. Martin is the Academic and Career Advising Center’s employer relations coordinator. She said the Educator Job Fair was an excellent opportunity for students to connect with career opportunities in the education field. Martin identified a need both locally and in California for educators.
“The Educator Job Fair gives students the opportunity to figure out what they’re looking for,” Martin said. “The fair gives students the chance to fill positions when they have their full teaching credentials, or find a temporary job to get their foot in the door.”
The Educator Job Fair attracted about 30 organizations including school districts and volunteer groups. Martin mentioned one of the districts had come all the way from Iowa.
Gina Short, a representative from Fortuna Elementary School District, looked for applicants for next year’s positions. During the event she collected six resumes and eight phone numbers.
“We met a lot of people,” Short said. “We’re hopeful to call them and follow up as soon as tomorrow.”
The academic and career advising center serves two purposes: academic advising and career advising. Martin said that academic advising helps students figure out appropriate classes, navigate DARS and make sure students graduate on time. Career advising directs students towards opportunities in their field of study and helps students figure out career goals.
Kelly Fortner is a recent graduate of HSU who is now an AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA. She helped students check into the job fair. Ninety-nine students showed up in the first couple of hours and another 50 or so were expected.
“It’s good to see networking going on between students and employees,” Fortner said. “Districts who are looking for educators also have the opportunity to connect with and meet the needs of students.”