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UTEP Holding Teacher Job Fair Tomorrow


POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:52am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:46pm

EL PASO - Albert Aguirre has taken a temporary job as a car salesman in far East El Paso, because he can't find a job as a teacher.

“It's been very difficult," he said, mainly because few local school districts are hiring.

"I looked at Socorro, Ysleta, Fabens, Tornillo and Clint," he said.

Albert graduated from UTEP in December and he's been searching for a teaching job ever since. Albert wants to become a high school history teacher, but he's quickly learning the job search is also a full time job.

“The application takes about an hour to two hours online. And then after that you keep asking and calling."

Albert says he can't even find a job as a substitute teacher. He may have to move to a new city to find open teaching positions. And he's not alone in his job search. Tomorrow UTEP is holding a teacher hiring fair on campus and the university expects hundreds of people just like Albert to show up.

"They need to keep positive about this process and attend," said UTEP's Career Center director George Barton.

Representatives from about 35 districts from across the county will be there. They'll be taking resume's, answering questions, and even conducting on-site job interviews.

"We've got people coming in from Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska, and other places around the country where they're really looking folks."

And even though some districts might not be hiring right now, he said they may be soon.

“I don't think some can guarantee anyone a position right now, but they want to have people in the pipeline," said Barton.

UTEP's teacher job fair is free and open to everyone. It'll be in the concourse of the Don Haskins Center at 9:00 a.m . Friday.

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