FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 5, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

ward.mullens@emich.edu

734.487-4400

EMU TEACHER JOB FAIR SET FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 14

YPSILANTI -- Eastern Michigan University will host its annual teacher job fair Friday, April 14, at Bowen Field House. There is a $20 registration fee at the door, which opens at 9 a.m.

The fair is for anyone with a teaching certificate or students who will earn their teaching certificate by Fall 2000. The event offers teachers the opportunity to meet with recruiters and representatives from school districts in 22 states and three countries. Some of the places being represented include Michigan, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Australia, Shanghai and Jakarta.

"This is the best opportunity in many years for students in teacher education to secure a position," said Barbara Jones, corporate relations manager for EMU. "The number of opportunities nationally continues to increase at a rapid pace."

Jones said there are several reasons why EMU's teacher fair continues to grow each year.

"We have 50 more districts being represented this year than we did last year. I am seeing school districts this year that I have not seen in 21 years," said Jones. "We have been talking about a teacher shortage for a while and now it is here. The reasons are an increase in the population; some states are lowering the number of students per classroom; and our reputation for the quality of teachers we produce."

The fair is sponsored by Eastern Michigan University's Career Services Center. For information, contact Jones at (734) 487-2419.

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