Education Hiring Fair Connects Students and Employers

by University Relations

More than 75 Southern California school districts sent representatives to meet with Azusa Pacific education students at the annual Education Hiring Fair in April. The event enables students to complement their résumés with personal connections and conversations that often make the difference when employers select their new staff. In addition to initiating key contacts, many students underwent formal onsite interviews, giving them a distinct advantage during the hiring season.

Given the California teacher shortage and the percentage of underqualified educators in the system, these districts seek graduates prepared to navigate the complexities of diverse classrooms with skill, experience, and passion. They look to Azusa Pacific to find this caliber of educator. The university enjoys strong professional relationships with more than 150 California school districts, all of which hire APU graduates every year.

These symbiotic affiliations account for Azusa Pacific’s ranking as the third-largest California university in the recommendation of preliminary special education credentials. And last year alone, APU recommended 106 students for a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, assisted 125 students in attaining their Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential, and conferred 49 Master of Arts in Education degrees with an emphasis in special education. Called to teach and equipped with a faith-infused education that promotes ethics and embraces diversity, APU graduates stand as some of the most sought-after educators in the state.