Monday, March 10, 2003

Job fair: Opportunity for educators

The popular Southwest Ohio Education Job Fair will return to the Cincinnati area for the fourth straight year on March 22. The event has been overwhelmingly successful, providing a valuable connecting point for school districts and job seekers.

This year, 57 school districts and six universities will participate in the fair, along with newcomers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, according to event organizer Roger Effron.

"Cincinnati's [Archdiocese] is the 10th largest in the country," he said. "When job fairs occur they usually don't involve parochial schools."

Over the past four years, the fair has grown from 14 participants and has expanded to include districts from various counties all over southwest Ohio. Last year, more than 2,000 job candidates attended, many of whom now are employed by participating schools.

The job fair is open to both new and experienced teachers, and welcomes administrators, counselors and other education professionals. But it also welcomes those seeking support positions - instructional assistants, secretaries, lunchroom workers, custodians and bus drivers. In addition, the education fair will also repeat its "Career Changes" seminar for those with a college degree interested in learning more about a career in education. The one-hour seminar will feature speakers from certification programs and universities, along with success stories from people who decided on a career in education later in life.

The showcase is sponsored by the Southwest Ohio School Personnel Association, and is one of the largest education fairs in the state. "It has grown to be the educational event of this area," Effron said.

Our school systems are only as good as the people who staff them. This fair provides a valuable service that helps the schools connect with motivated recruits.

The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22, at Scarlet Oaks Career Campus, 3254 E. Kemper Road., Sharonville. It is free and requires no pre-registration. For more information, contact Roger Effron at (513) 56-1700, or visit (www.effronassociates.com) .

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