Missouri Baptist University Hosts Education Job Fair

Phil Parrish, a senior English secondary education major, interviews with Rockwood School District during MBU's 2014 Education Job Fair

Missouri Baptist University students and alumni interviewed and networked with 16 area school districts during the University’s annual Education Job Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The job fair provides students, and alumni the opportunity to interview with local school districts, giving them an edge in the job search.

The annual MBU Education Job Fair, sponsored by MBU Career Services, began in 1994 and has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the St Louis region.

“Many students get two and then three interviews from here,” said Sarah Long, career services program support assistant. “It is a good experience with interviewing and meeting the school districts.”

Phil Parrish, a senior secondary education major, said he attended the event to network with area school districts and practice his interviewing skills.

Alumni were in attendance as well. Nicole Durrer (’12), who earned a graduate degree in school counseling, said she valued the job fair because of its focus on career placement.

“I think that this opens up the possibilities,” said Durrer. “You’re really getting to actually meet the person face to face.”

The Education Division is the University’s largest academic division. From 2002-2012, the division nearly doubled in terms of students—from 1,138 to more than 2,000 last year. Complementing the longstanding undergraduate education program, MBU launched its first graduate program in 2000 and the Educational Specialist in 2006. Today, the Education offers five master’s level programs, the Educational Specialist and the University’s first terminal degree, the Doctor of Education.