Recruitment center launches website to streamline job search for educators

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For 25 years the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) has led South Carolina’s teacher recruitment efforts, and last week as part of its Teacher Appreciation Week festivities, the Center officially unveiled TEACHSC.org, a new website designed to assist persons seeking a career in education.

A collaborative effort involving CERRA, Winthrop University’s Information Technology department, South Carolina Department of Education, and GraySail, LLC, TEACHSC.org is the next step in a series of on-going efforts to improve the job search process for applicants and to create more efficiencies for the state’s 85 school districts who access information from the website.

The site features the South Carolina Online Educator Employment and Certification System, which is a common application recognized by each district in the state, and an online job vacancy database that displays positions in many districts across the state. In an effort to provide general information about school districts, each district is showcased with its own profile page. For those who are considering a career in education, the website is jam-packed with information detailing the teacher certification as well as alternate route entry into the education profession.

“We are ecstatic to get this site up and running during the peak of recruiting season for many of South Carolina’s school districts,” said project manager and CERRA public information coordinator Mychal Frost. “The information available on TEACHSC.org enables a teacher candidate to identify a vacancy, learn about a district, and apply for teacher certification and for employment on a single website, saving both time and frustration that often comes with endless searches on the web.”

TEACHSC.org will connect with the United States Department of Education’s TEACH campaign.

“This first-of-its-kind partnership for CERRA will expand its recruitment efforts for South Carolina school districts by showcasing teacher vacancies on the USDE-managed TEACH.gov website,” said CERRA Executive Director Gayle Sawyer. “Also, this opportunity allows us to further promote the teaching profession in South Carolina.”

During April’s soft-launch, TEACHSC.org received hits from seven countries, 36 states, and the District of Columbia.