University of Houston-Victoria students, alumni and area community members looking for jobs in teaching and related education fields can meet with representatives of area school districts at two upcoming job fairs.
The job fairs – hosted by UHV Career Services and the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development – will take place in Victoria and Katy on separate days.
The Victoria job fair will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 22 in the University North Multi-Purpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The Katy job fair will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 20 in the UHV Katy Campus Multi-Purpose Room, 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Building 2. The Multi-Purpose Room is on the third floor.
Both fairs are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume.
“The education job fairs are really helpful for our education students graduating in May,” said Sharron Varghese, UHV Career Services coordinator. “Our students may have a few contacts at the district where they are doing their student teaching, but this allows them to talk with a number of districts – both big and small – all at once.”
Varghese said about 20 school districts have signed up to attend in Victoria. Victoria Independent School District will have a booth along with many school districts in the surrounding areas, such as the Edna, Beeville, Wharton and El Campo districts. There also will be several school districts present from the Houston area, including those from Katy and Fort Bend.
“We get really good feedback from employers about the quality of our students,” she said. “Employers are impressed with our students and the education programs we offer.”
Representatives from some private and nontraditional schools also will attend. Those include St. Joseph High School in Victoria, YES Prep Schools in Houston and the Texas Teachers Alternative Teachers Certification program, which has offices in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. The job fairs are good places for students majoring in something other than education to get information about alternative teaching certifications, Varghese said.
UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development staff also will be on hand at both job fairs to discuss the undergraduate and graduate programs the school offers.
Varghese said it’s smart for education students to attend even if they aren’t graduating this year.
“It’s good to get in front of employers early on,” she said. “It’s important to make those contacts. Even if a student isn’t 100 percent sure they want to go into education, it’s worth talking with employers to hear about the various opportunities.”
Employers still can register for the Victoria job fair by contacting Varghese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-570-4369. The registration fee is $55. There is limited room at the Katy fair. Those interested also should contact Varghese.