A Brief History of the Delaware
Valley Educational Consortium
Over twenty years ago, Philadelphia area
career service departments in institutions of higher education
decided to get together to exchange ideas. This effort to
communicate brought about the formation of a group called
the Delaware Valley Career Planners. To this day, the group
meets twice a year at various campus sites to exchange ideas
and listen to experts in career related fields. In 1993, those
institutions with teacher education programs created an off-shoot
called the Delaware Valley Education Consortium (DVEC).
The Consortium, composed of 27 Philadelphia
institutions of higher education, exists solely for the purpose
of sponsoring an annual teacher job fair. The Consortium has
acted as an intermediary in the teacher job search process
by providing candidates the opportunity to meet employers
from not only the Delaware Valley but from employers across
the United States. The DVEC sponsored its first teacher job
fair on March 30, 1994. One hundred employers and 1,680 candidates
participated in this first fair.
Over the years, both the number of candidates
and the number of employers have grown. Currently, approximately
100 school districts/employers and approximately 2,000 teacher
candidates attend the annual event. The fair is open to both
graduating students and alumni from consortium schools, as
well as candidates from other schools.
The event has held fairs at several member
campuses, notably Villanova University for the first event
and West Chester University on three occasions. Other venues
have included the Fort Washington Expo Center (now closed),
Valley Forge Convention Center, and the Wachovia Center (now
the Wells Fargo Center).
In 2002 the group began to award scholarships
to students at member institutions and today annually awards
up to 5 $1,000 scholarships to junior education majors from
member schools. The scholarships are named in memory of the
original chair of the scholarship committee, Hannah Amgott
from Widener University. The scholarships are awarded annually
at the May meeting which has traditionally been held at the
William Penn Inn.
The original chair of the Consortium was
Pat McGlynn from Chestnut Hill College who guided the group
through the first years and developed the original constitution
which is still used by the organization today. Phil Tripp
from West Chester University has served as chair of the group
since 2001. In 2000, the consortium hired a Program Administrator
and Sue Crump has served in that role until 2012. Neumann
College (now University) has served as the logistical center
and home of the treasury with long time Treasurer Carol Dougherty.
Otto Rust has served as the technical coordinator and website
host for many years.