MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - UPDATED 3/2/2018 10:00 p.m.
The teacher shortage continues to be a big concern across the country, including here in California. The Monterey County Office of Education is hoping to help. So this weekend it's holding a teacher recruitment fair.
The Office of Education says it's just one of the ways it's working to fill open jobs that are so desperately needed here on the Central Coast.
"We have a huge teacher shortage across the nation, across the state and definitely here in Monterey County," said Dr. Deneen Guss, Deputy Superintendent with the Office of Education.
It's an issue they say they're actively working to solve.
"We're recruiting from all over, we're recruiting from out of state, we're doing everything we can to ensure we have top notch teachers and staff in all of our schools and districts," Guss said.
Guss says there's one main recruitment challenge they face here.
"The cost of living here in Monterey County, it's very difficult on a teacher salary to be able to purchase a house in the area so that's a challenge," she said.
A challenge Guss says isn't stopping their recruitment efforts. Saturday the Office of Education is hosting a recruitment fair giving current and aspiring teachers the chance to meet potential employers.
"We have 14 districts who will be participating in that fair and we're inviting everyone in Monterey County who might be interested in becoming a teacher to come out and apply for these positions," Guss said.
Though it's just one day, the Office of Education says it works year-round helping people become teachers, even helping pay for people to get their teaching credential.
"We are putting every effort possible into recruiting teachers and keeping them here in Monterey County," Guss said.
The teacher recruitment fair is happening Saturday at Hartnell College. It's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring plenty of resumés as some districts will even be doing on-site interviews.
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Nearly half of the districts in the county will be there and doing on site interviews.
The districts will be looking for qualified teachers to fill positions from South County to the Monterey Peninsula to North County. They will also be answering questions for anyone interested in becoming a teacher.
The recruitment fair will be held at Hartnell College on Saturday, March 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
KION’s Zach Fuentes will have the story at 11p.m.