News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- College graduations are still a few months away, but that doesn't mean soon-to-be grads can't start looking for a job now.
The Richmond County BOE is hosting a job fair on Saturday. The district needs to replace more than 50 teachers and faculty who have retired just in the past few months.
"I was looking for a job," said a recently-hired teacher.
And she finally found one, but others haven't been so lucky.
"A lot of potential, but nothing definite," said a recent college grad.
Ann Lee has been teaching in an elementary classroom for two years, and while she loves her job, she says it took hard work to get.
"I went and passed out resumes. I called boards ... Columbia County, I was even going to South Carolina," Lee said.
It took Lee almost five months to find a job and that's one of the reasons Richmond County schools is hosting a job fair.
"We do anticipate that we could have as many as 50 to 100 positions available," said the head of HR for the Richmond County BOE.
And they are not just looking for teachers.
"Also encourage counselors and nurses to apply ... media specialist ... Those who have an interest working in education and impacting the lives of children" said the HR head.
Mike Garrison graduated in December with the last class at Augusta State. So far, he's only been able to find temporary work.
"Subbing when I can. I'm on the list for Columbia County substitute, so whenever there's an opportunity, I take advantage of it," he said.
And since the job market is limited because of a fall graduation, he decided to go back to the classroom, but this time, as a student.
"I went ahead and re-enrolled in Georgia Regents, in their master's program," Garrison said.
He says the job fair should be able to help him and others in his shoes.
"Those are really where the principal looks to find the talent they are trying to hire. So, I definitely believe the job fair is the place to line up employment," Garrison said.
The job fair is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glenn Hills Middle School. Representatives from all 57 district schools will be there.