Black Hills State holds annual Teachers Fair

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Prospective teachers had their resumes in hand Wednesday as Black Hills State University held their annual Teacher Fair. Black Hills FOX's Jon Wilson takes you there.

Black Hills State University Dean of the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Sharman Adams says, "This has been an event that's really attracted a lot of employers. We have 56 different school districts here. Over one hundred of our BH Education students are represented, and many of them are already interviewing for jobs at this very event."

Many soon-to-be Black Hills State University education graduates were dressed to impress at Wednesday's Teacher Fair. For prospective teachers, South Dakota is a land of opportunity.

Adams says, "The job market in some states is very, very tight, meaning there aren't a lot of retirements and graduates coming out of the university don't always find a job. I've been in places where literally there's thousands of applicants for one position. In South Dakota, we have a great job market."

One state that has a teacher shortage is California. Representatives from one school district in the northern part of California come all the way to Spearfish each year to recruit students.

Director of Human Resources for the Fairfield-Suisun School District in Northern California Mike Minahen says, "We've been very impressed with the talent of the folks that have graduated through this educational program. We will speak with over a hundred people today, interview probably about twelve to fifteen."

A 2015 Yellow Jacket graduate is now a 6th grade teacher in California, and he got the opportunity by attending this fair.

6th Grade Teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun School District at Jacob Gill says, "I came into this recruitment fair not really knowing what I wanted to do. I just kind of knew that I didn't want to be in the surrounding area because I wanted to see something new, and they were the first booth I went to because they were in California, and California never really was anything on my radar, but it was pretty far away from here. I met with Mike Minahen, the head of HR and the other recruiter, John Lammons and they talked me into coming, and it was just a really good decision from there."

He says this opportunity is a great one, and offers different routes, depending on what the student is looking for.

Gill says, "It gives you opportunities to interview with multiple school districts and kind of get a feel for where you want to be based on the people you meet and kind of the pitch they sell you."