The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) will host two free countywide education job fairs: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the SBCEO auditorium, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District Souza Center.

The job fairs will have representatives from school districts across the county, as well as from colleges and universities with credential programs.

Credentials specialists will be on hand to provide advice on pursuing a career as a credentialed education professional, such as a teacher, speech language pathologist, or school nurse.

“These events developed from a collaborative commitment among school districts and higher education institutions to elevate the field of education after significant impacts on staffing exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Susan Salcido, county superintendent of schools.

“We have experienced a tremendous staffing shortage in education. These job fairs provide people with the opportunity to learn about rewarding and stable careers in education with great employee benefits,” said Mari Minjarez Baptista, SBCEO associate superintendent of human resources.

In addition to teachers and instructional support staff, schools need professionals in information technology, accounting, human resources, maintenance, and other fields. Not all jobs require a teaching credential, or even a college degree. 

New to the job fairs this year is the opportunity to speak with representatives regarding employment in preschool settings, and to learn about financial support that may be available for those who want to work but may be struggling with the cost of childcare.

“There are many talented people in our community who would be an asset working for our schools,” said Darren McDuffie, Santa Maria-Bonita School District superintendent. “Partnering with the Santa Barbara County Education Office and other local school districts for this event provides us with an opportunity to find candidates who best fit our needs and provides job seekers with exciting career options.”

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