CCSD looks to hire teachers at job fair
The Central Consolidated School District is hosting a job fair Wednesday to fill several dozen positions, including 20 certified teaching positions across all grade levels.
FARMINGTON – The Central Consolidated School District is hosting a job fair Wednesday to fill several dozen positions across the district.
The district is looking to fill about 70 positions in a number of departments, including 20 certified teaching positions, according to Ervin Trujillo, district human resources coordinator.
Representatives of the district will answer questions from applicants at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Performance Center in Farmington. The district recently participated in the San Juan County Teacher Fair in July when it had about 44 teacher positions to fill.
Trujillo said he has seen a drop in the number of people graduating with a degree in education while attending job fairs across the state and in the Four Corners region.
“It’s kind of tough. When I got around to colleges, you don’t have a lot of students going into education anymore,” Trujilo said.
He also said it can be difficult to recruit at colleges and universities like New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where districts in nearby Texas provide additional teaching opportunities.
The 20 open teacher positions are spread across the district and all grade levels, and account for about 5 percent of the district’s nearly 400 teacher positions, according to district spokesman James Preminger.
Long-term substitutes have been in use for vacant teacher positions, and administrators would like to fill those positions with licensed teachers, Trujillo said.
The district has been working with educational assistants and long-term substitutes interested in becoming a licensed teacher.
Trujillo said the district has been working with Northern New Mexico College in Española on a grant program to help educational assistants take classes to become certified teachers. He also said the district has been providing tutoring support for education assistants and long-term substitutes to pass through the state’s alternative licensure program.
Along with teachers, CCSD is filling a number of noncertified jobs, including bus drivers, custodians and maintenance/electrical position.
A number of positions in the CCSD administrative office are open, including business manager and speech language pathologist.
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.
If you go:
What: Central Consolidated School District Job Fair
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Performance Center
More Information: Visit ccsd.education for more information on positions available