Education Recruitment Fair

January 28, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield will host their inaugural Education Recruitment Fair Thursday, Feb. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. on campus. The free event is open to the public and dedicated to strengthening teacher recruitment, retention, and quality throughout the state. Future teachers and those interested in a potential career in teaching are welcome. Organizers expect hundreds to attend.

"We want to provide every opportunity for candidates to become teachers," said Curt Guaglianone, dean of the School of Education. "We want CSUB to be the higher educational institution of choice. With this type of event, we are leading the way with the highest qualified candidates becoming the first choice for employers in the greater Kern County region."

The fair is a partnership between CSUB's Career Development Center, School of Education and the California Teacher Recruitment Program. The event is designed to not only connect CSUB students with potential jobs but to create a broader look at teacher retention and quality.

"We are thrilled to have Harvey Hunt, with the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, facilitate a guided discussion for school districts at the Education Recruitment Fair," said Jane Evarian, director of the Career Development Center. "Hunt is a leading figure in educational policy with 30 years of experience in public education. His interest and expertise in the areas of teacher quality and retention make him a most desirable speaker for the event."

Larry Reider, Kern County Schools superintendent, will follow Hunt to comment on the local perspective and county initiatives. "There is such a dramatic shortage of teachers in the state," Evarian explained. "It is critically important as educators we support quality teacher programs and retention before and after teachers enter the work force."

After the presentations, the fair will be open exclusively for CSUB students and allow them to interact with the over 40 expected school districts from around the state. The districts will then meet students from five other local universities that offer credential programs and the general public.

Recruitment fair agenda is as follows:

Evarian advises candidates bring several copies of their resume and one copy of a placement file, which includes a transcript and letters of recommendation.

For interview and resume tips or to register visit Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 5. For more information call (661) 654-3033.

Those unable to attend will have another opportunity for teacher recruitment at the annual Kern County Superintendent of Schools job fair on Saturday, March 15, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For details contact Jose Cantu at (661) 636-4748.