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Opportunities Fair Called Big Success

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Mar 10, 2017

The Dunn-Oliver Acadome was transformed into a giant recruitment center as students and local residents were given the opportunity to meet potential employers at the University’s Opportunities Fair.

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Alabama State University hosted more than 120 employers from across the country on March 10 for its Spring Opportunities Fair, sponsored by the Office of Career Services.

The event, which was open to the public, was a combination of ASU’s annual Spring Career Fair and Teacher Recruitment Day, in one great day of opportunity.

Dr. Anthony Lewis, who is the assistant superintendent of school leadership for Kansas City Public Schools, said his goal is to recruit and retain highly qualified minority teachers.

“We all know the strong foundation that you get here and the rich history of Alabama State University. It’s amazing to come back and see so many talented potential teachers,” said Lewis, an ASU alumnus (’02, ’06). “In our district, about 65% of our teachers are non minority; yet 85% of our students are minority. So, we were strategic in coming back to ASU to recruit qualified minority teachers.”

Alumnus Lemanski Walker (’99) was recruiting for the Alabama Department of Education.

“It is always a good opportunity to be able to come back to the institution that you graduated from,” said Walker. “To be able to give back gives you a little extra insight when you have that chance to do so. We want to give them (students) the opportunity to be able to apply for a position.

For more information about the Office of Career Services, call 334-229-4156.

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