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November 23, 2004

Valdosta - Kristin Wade is searching for her dream job. "It's a stressful time," said Wade.

She wants to teach at an elementary school, and she has plenty to choose from. "They're from all over, I just talked to someone from Virginia Beach and Florida and lots of Georgia schools," said Wade.

More than 50 school systems are on hand at Valdosta State University's Education Career Fair. "It helps the students learn about other positions they may be qualified for, and it helps the school systems find qualified applicants," said Winifred Collins, Organizer.

Most of these school systems are in desperate need of teachers. Some are already scheduling interviews, and even offering bonuses. "I just talked to someone from Bibb County, and they're offering a sign-in bonus and even a relocation bonus, so that's a huge incentive," said Wade.

The event helps students who are too busy with classes to travel around the state learn about the different resources available to them. "They have different web sites out there like Teach Georgia, and that's helpful but meeting someone one-on-one and getting to talk to them about the school makes a huge difference," said Wade.

So when December rolls around, and Kristin earns her diploma, she'll be ready to head out into the working world.

posted at 4:35 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com