February 9, 2010 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will host an Educators' Expo Feb. 11-12 on the third floor of Newcomb Hall. The free event is open to all graduating students – U.Va. and others – interested in K-12 teaching, counseling, speech language pathology or administration positions.
"We are very fortunate so many organizations will be represented that are interested in recruiting our excellent students," said Hilary Kerner, director of Education Career Services at the Curry School, which sponsors the annual event.
Some 170 recruiters from 75-plus organizations will be on hand. Participating in the expo are public, private and independent schools, charter schools, educator placement agencies and alternative classroom educators. They come from numerous states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia. Two are international, a school from Italy and one from Korea.
In addition to U.Va. students, Kerner invited soon-to-be-graduates from a number of regional colleges and universities, including Piedmont Virginia Community College, James Madison University, Lynchburg College, Liberty University, the University of Richmond, Hampden-Sydney College, Sweet Briar College, Bridgewater College and Longwood University.
During the job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 11, students will meet with recruiters and can request to be interviewed.
The Feb. 12 session is designated for interviews that are scheduled before the event or on the previous day. These interviews will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No preregistration is required to attend. Sign in upon arrival, bring lots of resumes and dress professionally, Kerner advised. For those who are not licensed, she said, information about alternative licensure will be available.
To see a list of participating organizations with their locations, visit the Curry Web site and select "Career Services," then "Educators Expo 2010 spreadsheet."
Many career services job fairs are experiencing declines in the number of vendors participating due to budget cuts and loss of tax revenue, Kerner said. Vendors show up for this expo because they consider its job prospects "the best crop of students in the state and some of the best in the country," she said.
More on the Educators' Expo can be found here.