Representatives from 37 area school districts talk job opportunities with 130 Murray State students

MURRAY, Ky. — Approximately 130 students and representatives from 37 area school districts, representing more than 100 schools, participated in the 2019 Murray State University Teacher Career Fair held March 15 in the Curris Center.

The event provides University students opportunities to meet and connect with schools in the region, making connections that lead to internships, job interviews and careers.

“We prepare our students all semester for this day,” said Jeanie Robertson, who serves as Murray State University’s Teacher Education Services student teaching coordinator. “These schools came here for a reason; they’re looking to hire a Racer. By the time they left the career fair, I’d say the majority of our students made connections that could lead to a job.”

“The Teacher Career Fair represents a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with area school districts,” said Dr. David Whaley, dean of the Murray State College of Education and Human Services. “We’re glad to have them working with our students in practicum, as well as actively hiring graduates for their jobs.”

Murray State University senior Barrett Blackburn, an elementary education major from Eddyville, Kentucky, attended the career fair for the first time this year. She spent the morning meeting with principals and superintendents, learning more about the school districts that make up the region along with job opportunities and career paths.

“Murray State has absolutely prepared me for a career in education,” Blackburn said. “I felt right at home getting to know our school districts.”

The 2019 Teacher Career Fair is a collaborative effort between the Murray State College of Education and Human Services and Career Services. Matt Purdy, Career Services director, praised the work of each department’s staff that made it all happen.

“We appreciate this partnership with the College of Education and Human Services,” Purdy said. “Bringing all these schools right here to our students and kickstarting those face-to-face conversations is important to us. This is what leads to jobs and careers after college.”

The College of Education and Human Services represents an outstanding blending of the best in both formal and informal education programs. From elementary education to nonprofit leadership studies, principal preparation to social work, interdisciplinary early childhood education to communication disorders and school counseling to criminal justice (to name only a few), this college has so much to offer students and the community. For more information, please visit murraystate.edu/coehs.

Photo: Approximately 130 students and representatives from 37 area school districts, representing more than 100 schools, participated in the 2019 Murray State University Teacher Career Fair held March 15 in the Curris Center.

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