Raise Your Hand If You Need Work

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

The Mesa County Workforce Center says it's been flooded with people looking for work after being laid off, but, even with all the extra workers, there's still one part time job struggling to keep perfect attendance.
When the economy sours, some people head to classroom.
Not to learn, but to teach.
Whenever and wherever it's needed as a substitute teacher.
Including Megan McFarland, a math sub at Grand Junction High School.
Her dream job, to teach full time.
She says this is her foot into her own classroom door, "It gives you an edge on the other applicants."
David Sleeper started for the brush towards an art career, instead, he headed to the whiteboard for a teaching career.
"It's just really easy to roll into substituting," he says.
Or is it?
According to a national group called the Substitute Teaching Division, applications for new substitute teachers are way up across the country.
Many are trying to make ends meet after they've been laid off.
All you need to get the job is a college degree and pass an assessment test, to make fifty to a hundred bucks for a day's work.
It's been so popular, some school districts aren't hiring any more substitutes, but in Mesa County, Sleeper says there's a shortage.
Maybe that trend will change, but this is one part–time gig Megan and David hope stays a secret.
Sorry guys, the secret's out.


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