Representatives from more than 30 school districts gathered at the Region 7 Education Service Center on Longview Street in Kilgore Friday to meet with applicants seeking careers in education.
The job fair gives career-seekers a chance to meet face-to-face with staff from various school districts in the East Texas area to find out if a particular district might be a good fit.
“We have it once a year in April,” said Summer Stone, Region 7 Communications Specialist, of the job fair.
“We schedule it around the universities and the state,” she added. By April each year, many aspiring educators are finishing up college courses and state certifications and are on the hunt for a job.
A conference room was filled with applicants and school district representatives making introductions and sharing information among banners, flags and logos from 31 school districts.
“We usually have about 50 applicants,” said Regina Davis, Educator Certification Assistant Director. With a “meet-and-greet” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and potential interviews from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there was plenty of time to exchange info and ask questions. One job-seeker had already been hired for a position at Longview ISD by 11 a.m.
Those who attend the job fair can be experienced teachers or those who have just obtained their teaching certification.
“Even people looking for their first job,” Davis said. “We also have some that are looking for principal jobs, administrative jobs, but it’s primarily teachers.”
Davis said a link to the annual job fair is posted on the Region 7 job board so anyone seeking a job in education in the region can find out about the interviewing and networking opportunity.
“We also have some that come that don’t have a teaching certificate and they’re looking to get a teaching certificate because we also have an alternative certification program,” she said.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a 2.5 grade point average or higher, or a 2.75 GPA or higher for their last 60 credit hours, can quality for the Region 7 Teacher Preparation & Certification Program. The program is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and can help those seeking an education career transition into a new job as they search for employment in Region 7, a 17-county area in East Texas.
Davis and Region 7 Educator Certification Specialist Brian Ralson said applicant turnout at the annual job fair can vary year to year based on the demand for teachers in the state at a given time. In 2019, there’s a high statewide demand, they said.
To learn more about Region 7 or the Teacher Preparation & Certification Program, visit www. ESC7.net or call (903) 988-6700.