Valdosta - The Ware County School System is looking for a few good teachers. "We have a couple of openings that exist right now as well as positions we'll have open for the following school year," said Dr. Vince Richardson.
But those positions may not be open much longer after Tuesday's Education Career Fair at Valdosta State University. More than 50 school systems are on hand to attract future educators to their communities. "We try to add the advantage of being close to the ocean and all those things that can help lure students away from Valdosta," said Richardson.
While some are using location and academic achievements to reel in candidates, others are using cold hard cash. "Maybe a little supplement to get you in their town, different benefits, and of course salary," said Brian Buffington.
For education majors like Brian Buffington, its a way to hand deliver his resume, without having to travel all over the South. "It saves me a ton of gas and a lot of time," said Buffington.
"They don't have to go to North Georgia, then turn around and go to a school in Florida, so it cuts their job seeking expenses significantly," said Winifred Collins, Organizer.
Not only is the career fair a chance for students to introduce themselves to the different school systems, some are even taking part in one on one interviews. "They sign up for a time slot starting at 11:30 and give us about 15 minutes with them so we can get some further information and possibly complete applications at that time," said Richardson.
And it just may be their first steps on a long and successful career path.