It's a tough time to be a graduating college student trying to get a teaching job. New York State lawmakers just put the finishing touches on a $132 billion budget that includes cutting more than a billion dollars in state aid to schools. That's forced many districts to start laying off teachers and eliminating positions.
SUNY Cortland has one of the largest education schools in the area. 50% of SUNY-Cortland grads leave school with a teaching certificate. CNYcentral's Jessica Cain spoke to some today on campus. Many students are worried about getting into the profession with all the layoffs in the news and a second tough budget year looming for districts in the fall.
"I think I'm going to have to move," says Justin Drinkwine, who is studying to be a physical education teacher. "I think I'm going to have to go south."
"It's kind of discouraging," says freshman education major Charlotte Heavern. "It kind of makes me not want to stay in the area, even though that's where I'm from."
CNYcentral s poke to someone at Cortland State Career Services. The organization helps students organize the tools they need to get jobs once they leave school. Experts tell us that many students have to be more flexible going out of the state to find an open position. North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Texas have been good states for teaching jobs.
"New York state is in really bad shape right now," says Career Services Director John Shirley. "Most of our students are having much better luck out of state."
Career Services recommend s that students bulk up their resume by becoming certified in at least two different areas. That could give students more options when they look for positions.
According to a survey of SUNY Cortland graduates from 2009, 10% of graduates were unemployed and seeking a job. That's up from a historical average of about 7%. However, Career Services workers expect to see better results from the Class of 2010.