GDOE job fair swamped as more than 300 apply

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education job fair held on Saturday drew more than the pre-registered applicants who submitted applications to GDOE.

According to GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, they had at least 150 pre-registered applicants but more than double that number showed up.

“So we’re really glad to have at least 150 pre-registered applicants to our job fair. And then we had 304 applicants actually showing up. And of course, we saw a lot of walk-ins as well,” the GDOE superintendent said.

The job fair, held at the Okkodo High School Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., went really smoothly, Fernandez said

“All the safety protocols that were in place were being observed. And we’re just really glad to see people show up to express interest in joining our team here at GDOE. We definitely need the support. We definitely need more team members to help us as we try to reopen all schools for five days of instruction,” Fernandez said.

He added: “So we’re really looking forward to having our schools interview and make some recommendations about the applicants who came in. We’re definitely looking at growing our team.”

Among the positions that the job fair focused on were the one-to-one school aides.

“And these are positions that are federally funded and these are positions that support our students with disabilities in our special education program. The other categories are our community program aides. We targeted about 100 community program aides. These are federally funded positions also, supported through our COVID-19 relief funds,” the GDOE superintendent said.

According to Fernandez, these aides will also be able to provide additional support to GDOE schools.

GDOE also just added an additional 153 teacher assistants. “So in addition to the 200 that’s already there. You have a total of 353 teacher assistants that are out at the schools to help the teachers and to work with the classes,” said GDOE deputy superintendent Erika Cruz.