More than 25 recruiting school districts and schools came to UCI on Tuesday, March 27, to promote the desirability of working in their organizations to ~150 Master of Arts in Teaching Candidates and CalTeach Science and Math graduating seniors.
Prior to the job fair at 4:00 pm, the MAT and CalTeach programs hosted a principals' panel where principals shared employer perspectives and job interview strategies with the UCI students. Multiple subject job candidates were advised by Principals Yvonne Estling (Saddleback Valley USD), Jeremy Cavallaro (Community Roots Academy), Christy Flores (Newport Mesa USD), and Christina Giguiere (Irvine USD). Providing employment tips to single subject candidates were Principals Alicia Skibby (Santa Ana USD), Steve McLaughlin (Fountain Valley City School District), Leslie Roach (IUSD), Bob Presby (Saddleback Valley USD), and Josh Wellikson (Capistrano USD).
During the job fair, candidates were able to talk one-on-one with the various recruiters about employment opportunities in their districts. As the end of the afternoon, one candidate commented, "It was so informational and helpful," and another shared, "It was really beneficial to meet people face to face and talk about the various districts!"
Graduates of UCI's 14-month MAT/Credential program and UCI's 4-year CalTeach Science and Math program enjoy high rates of employment, at their preferred schools, immediately following completion of their credential, with many graduates electing to pursue their teaching careers in high need schools.
The MAT/CalTeach Job Fair was supported by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.