June 15, 2001

Conference Encourages Students to Become Teachers

FRESNO, Ca. — "We need to promote teaching," says Benne Hopson, board member of the Sacramento City Teachers Association. "It's one of the most important professions around. The word needs to get out. "It's the greatest thing."

High school and community college students learned of California's critical need for teachers at a recruitment conference recently held at California State University, Fresno.

Sponsored by the California Center for Teaching Careers (CalTeach), the conference was the first of its kind to be held in the state. The day-long conference called "Change the Future. Teach!" attracted attendees from as far north as Sacramento and as far south as Long Beach. California's diversity was reflected in its participants, which included members from the Asian, African American an Latino communities.

"The conference was important because it clearly explained how to become a teacher, described financial incentives available to prospective teachers and detailed the specific steps necessary to secure a teaching job," notes Kris Marubayashi, co-director of CalTeach.

"It has opened doors for me," says Catherine Brewer, who currently works at the California Department of Consumer Affairs in Fresno, but is planning to become a teacher. "I am considering a career in elementary education and working toward my credential," she adds.

CalTeach was established in 1997 by the California legislature to recruit qualified teachers to the teaching profession and alleviate the shortage of credential teachers in the state. For more information on how you can learn more about the benefits of teaching, please call 1-888-CalTeach or visit the CalTeach Web site at www.calteach.com.

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