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As Teacher Shortage Looms, Brandman Fairfield Hosts Teacher Hiring Event

January 23, 2015 by Brandman University

School districts have several dozen positions to fill at event on Jan 31, 2015 from 10 a.m. – Noon

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — More students, more teachers reaching retirement age and fewer newly issued credentials for any type of teaching: It all adds up to the California teaching shortage that’s been predicted since 2007.

This year it even merited a mention from Gov. Jerry Brown in his inauguration/state of the state address.

“The tasks ahead are daunting: making sure that the new system of local control works; recruiting and training thousands of teachers; mastering the Common Core Curriculum and fostering the creativity needed to inspire students,” he said.

Brandman University is teaming up with multiple school districts for an education job fair at the Fairfield campus. Among the participating school districts will be Napa Valley Unified, Vallejo City Unified and Benicia Unified. The event runs from 10 a.m. – Noon at 4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100 in Fairfield.

“When we previously held this event a large percentage of job seekers were interviewed on-the-spot and ended up receiving offers,” said Rhea Johnson, Manager of Community Relations at Brandman Fairfield. “At least a dozen people were hired that day and we anticipate a similar situation with this event, so attendees should come prepared for on-the-spot interviews.”

Participants should come prepared for same-day interviews and bring resumes and CBEST scores or out-of-state teaching credential. Those interested in substitute teaching need to meet the qualifications for applying for a 30-day substitute permit. Those and other criteria can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials

Information will also be available for those interested in earning a teacher credential through Brandman’s School of Education.

By the numbers:

7 percent: The decrease in the number of newly issued credentials for multiple subject, single subject and education specialist categories.
Nine: The number of consecutive years that the total number of initial teaching credentials has decreased
30 percent: Decrease over the past five years in the number of new teaching credentials initially issued.
2 percent: Predicted increase in student population, although growth may vary widely depending on location.
7,603: Number of K-12 teacher retirements predicted statewide.
Sources: California Teachers’ Retirement System; California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; California Department of Education.

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