Teachers’ skills sharpened at boot camp

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s no secret there’s a teacher shortage in the state. But, some bright, young minds could soon fill those open positions.

Tuesday, Millikin University hosted an interview boot camp for juniors and seniors in education. Schools were taking a first look at who they might hire.

The event has taken place for six years and organizers say it’s not unusual for students to walk away with jobs.

About 20 Millikin alumni working in education come back for the event. They’re administrators at suburban and rural schools; most of which are in Illinois.

They help students craft resumes, perfect the interview process and even land jobs. With so many open teaching positions around the state and the country, organizers say finding a job is the easy part.

The Department of Education didn’t have an exact number for the percentage of graduates teaching in Illinois. All but one administrator who came back for the event work in the state.

Centennial High School needs to appoint a principal by the end of the school year. The position pays $115,000 – $125,000 depending on experience. The application deadline is March 13.

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