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ROCK HILL -- Recruiters from South Carolina’s public school districts hope to fill their known and anticipated teacher vacancies at this year’s South Carolina Teacher Expo.

The expo, a one-day teacher job fair sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), will be held on Friday, March 29, at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

The expo attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation and offers them an opportunity to network with recruiters from South Carolina’s public school districts. The recruiters look for outstanding candidates to fill teaching vacancies in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.

The Expo is one part of a continuum of programs and services offered by CERRA designed to improve teacher recruitment, retention, and advancement in South Carolina.

CERRA’s Supply and Demand Report, released in January 2019, found that the state’s teacher shortage continues to increase. According to the report, more than 5,300 teachers did not return to a teaching position for the 2018-19 school year. Moreover, the number of students completing S.C. teacher education programs continues to decline, with fewer than 1,700 new teachers graduating in 2018. This has left many districts scrambling to find quality candidates to fill positions. Many of the vacancies exist in critical subject areas such as special education, mathematics, and science.

Participation in the expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher-education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative certification program in South Carolina.

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