Pittsburg State wants to ensure its students are career ready before graduation.
Today the university held a teacher interview day for education students. The event was done to give students the experience of participating in a professional job interview and even provide them with a position after graduation.
More than 100 education students gathered in the John Lance Arena at Pittsburg State to test their interviewing the skills. Employers from all levels of schools in the Four State area stopped by to coach students and offer advice.
“This is an opportunity to match up our student teachers with the school districts and their needs. We’ve got school districts from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, all looking for students to start teaching in the fall,” says Mindy Cloninger, Director of Career Services.
And school staff are hopeful the event will have students walk away feeling more confident in their interviewing skills.
“So, they discovered it’s not as difficult as they thought it was going to be, that it really is just a conversation between them and the employer. And so they’re super excited to find out that they can actually do that. They feel very accomplished by the end of today. And they certainly learn alot about the school districts in our region,” says Mindy Cloninger.
And one student says the days event have been eye opening. Saying she has met with employers for positions that she had no idea were available to her.
“It’s actually really good cause we see schools and jobs we didn’t know were available. And sometimes you don’t know how to apply. And I don’t know how to go looking for them. It’s good for that, too,” says Courtney Boone, Education Student.
This event has been going on at PSU for decades, and they believe it’s a great way for the students to interact with the community. And right now many area schools have a need for more teachers, so many of them were hopeful today they could fill those vacant spots.