FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington will host its annual Education Job Fair from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 27 in North Dining Hall B and C, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The career fair is designed specifically for prospective educators, this event is free and open to all UMF graduating seniors and UMF alumni, as well as certified teacher candidates from the public.

Sponsored by Employment Times,; this year’s Education Job Fair offers job seekers the opportunity to learn about job openings, network with professionals in the field and understand employers’ resume and interview expectations.

Participating schools and organizations include AmeriCorps, Children’s Center, City Year, Finance Authority of Maine, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program — Child & Family Services, Lewiston Public Schools, Maine Central Institute, Maine Department of Education, Maine School Administrative District 60, Mt. Blue Regional School District 9, Outward Bound, Peace Corps, Regional School Unit 4, Regional School Unit 18, School Administrative District 17, School Union 76, Teach for America, The Leadership School of Kieve and The New England Center for Children.

In response to current economic challenges, this year’s job fair format has been enhanced to include a discussion group on matters of interest to pre-service and current teachers called “Pathways to Success.” This discussion group will be moderated by Ann Lynch, UMF director of field studies, in North Dining Hall A, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and will include:

* “Options for Education Majors” by Peter Osborne, UMF alumni and residential life.

* “Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills” by Michael Duquay, City of Augusta.

* “International Opportunities” by Stacey Ferguson, Peace Corps.

* “Employment Outlook for Educators” by Glen Mills, Maine Department of Labor.

* “Loans & Money Matters” by Mila Tappan, Finance Authority of Maine.

* “Serving America & Around the World,” a panel board forum discussion with service organizations, will be held at 7 p.m. Representatives and alumni including, Rochelle Runge, from AmeriCorps; Riko Bol, from City Year; Stacey Ferguson, from the Peace Corps; and Abbey Prior, from Teach for America; will talk to participants regarding employment opportunities in the service industry.

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