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Campus prepares for annual Educator Expo

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University is gearing up for its annual Educator Expo.

A career fair focused on education majors, the Expo attracts representatives from throughout West Virginia. This will provide students an opportunity to make connections in the field. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5, in room B.E. 5 of the Memorial Student Center.

"We have school districts represented from all over West Virginia as well as outside states including Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina," said Debby Stoler, event coordinator for the Career Services Center at Marshall. "We worked very hard putting this together. We begin contacting school systems in the fall. We currently have representatives from 23 school systems attending."

Stoler suggests students come prepared.

"We recommend that the students come wearing business attire and have their resumes with them," she said. "This runs a little different than a career expo because we let students sign up ahead of time for 20 minute informational interviews with school systems. They can sit down with representatives from school systems and have a face-to-face."

Students can sign up for an interview ahead of time by attending an open house from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the career services center. Students at the open house will also have the opportunity to make extra copies of their resumes and ask career counselors for advice.

"These aren't full fledged interviews, but students should know how to introduce themselves and maybe highlight their accomplishments and skills," Stoler said. "They should also have some questions prepared for the school system.

"There are always a lot of demand for math and science teachers, special education is also always big, but the job demand varies greatly from district to district," Stoler added. "Some will need more than others, and some will only be hiring in specific fields. Some districts will be making connections in certain fields because they never know when they have an unexpected retirement or job opening. Students should always ask for business cards so they have their contact information for a follow-up. If anything, thanking them for the interview makes a good impression."

For more information, contact Stoler at 304-696-6679 or stolerd@marshall.edu.