Michigan Department of Education hosts educator workforce job fair

MARQUETTE. Mich. (WLUC) - While some of us are just settling into summer, the Michigan Department of Education is already thinking about next school year.

They’ve collaborated with Northern Michigan University to host the second is a series of state-wide educator workforce job fairs, Wednesday.

Twelve different K-12 school districts from across the U.P. and downstate were on hand, accepting applications from prospective candidates.

Organizers say these types of events are a great way to network, refine your resume and learn more about the various careers that await in the field of education.

Leah Breen, Director of the MDE Office of Educator Excellence says open positions include an array of instructional positions, leadership positions, substitute teachers and long term teachers.

“One of the reasons that we are hosting these job fairs is to meet our superintendent’s goal of becoming a top 10 in 10 state in ten years. Goal three in particular is having an effective education workforce. In order to do that we need a fully staffed workforce so this is our attempt to help ensure that we are fully staffed at the beginning of the next academic school year,” Breen asserted.

Breen says you might be surprised by which roles you could fill with just a couple years worth of college credit.

“Currently you need 60 college credit hours, from any combination of universities and then a criminal background check and you can serve in a school district in a substitute role,” Breen declared.

The next educator job fair will be held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia August 5th.