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In Michigan, teaching jobs growing in demand

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The Saginaw Valley State campus is quiet, most students don't return to class until next week.

But Danielle Wurth, a fifth year senior, came back early to work her job at the bookstore.

The education major finishes up classwork this spring as she moves closer to her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

"I love when the lightbulb comes up on a kid when you just know they're learning something and they enjoy it," Wurth said.

But when she decided on this career, she wasn't sure she'd land a job at home.

"Are you going to get a job, what's the job outlook like?" Wurth said.

But those are questions of the past.

Craig Douglas is the dean of SVSU's College of Education and he said thousands of educators are needed to fill positions in Michigan.

"There are vacancies in our classrooms, we need good, quality candidates. Line up and come, please," Douglas said.

He said a career that once meant getting a degree and likely leaving the state, or even the country, is bouncing back locally.

Teachers are retiring and young blood is needed.

"There are needs all across, all subjects, grade levels, etc.," Douglas said.

He said every day, superintendents call him looking for talent.

The United States Bureau of Labor forecasts nearly 700,000 new jobs in the education field in the next eight years.

"I knew it was something I wanted to do, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students," Wurth said.

Wurth said this news is the golden ticket.

"I am starting to student teach in the fall, so I will be looking for a job come winter, so I'm excited there's actually a good outlook for us in Michigan," Wurth said.

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