by jamesc 4/13/2017 5:07:15 PM --
NORFOLK – Northeast Community College graduates continue to find success by either obtaining employment in the workforce or continuing their education.
Northeast’s new Graduate Report confirms that ninety-nine percent of 2016 graduates either found jobs or continued their education. Of the graduates who found employment following graduation, eighty-five percent gained occupations in their field of study. The report also indicates that eighty-nine percent of the graduates remained in Nebraska to work; sixty-two percent stayed in Northeast’s 20 county service region.
Terri Heggemeyer, director of Career Services at Northeast, presented the report to the College Board of Governors Thursday during its regular monthly meeting. She said the report paints an accurate picture as all but 13 of last year’s 900 graduates responded to the survey.
“The Graduate Report is a testament to how Northeast is fulfilling its mission of dedicating itself to the success of students and the region it serves,” she said. “The remarkable statistics are attributed to the students who set professional goals and work hard to meet their dreams. Northeast has excellent faculty, staff, facilities and technology to facilitate the learning of each student. Northeast also offers a wide variety of clubs, athletics, programming and events by which students can enhance their skills.”
Heggemeyer said the Career Services Office at Northeast strives to connect jobs with qualified students throughout the College’s over 130 programs and concentrations of study. Staff will email employment opportunities to relevant instructors, who then display the jobs in their classrooms, announce them to the class or email them directly to students.
Dr. Michael Chipps, president, said the 2016 Graduate Report is evidence of the College’s work to prepare a skilled workforce for northeast Nebraska and beyond.
“As a premier educational leader and partner, with student success and completion among our highest priorities, Northeast is committed to ensuring that its students achieve their educational objectives, which translates into employment related to their discipline or continue on to other levels of higher education.”
Chipps said, “The 2016 Graduate Report shares the story of the success of our students in continuing with their education and those who have entered the workforce. It is satisfying to see our graduates join the ranks of countless others who put their Northeast degrees to use not only for the betterment of themselves and their families, but for the betterment of our local communities and beyond.”
Heggemeyer and Amy Koehler, Career Services administrative assistant, were again commended by the Board of Governors for their success in achieving a ninety-nine percent response rate from the 899 graduates from last year.
In addition to the graduate employment report, the Northeast Community College Career Services Office offers a variety of services to prepare students for today’s workforce. This includes providing one-on-one advisement and personal attention to students as they look for employment; posts jobs daily to the Northeast on-line job board; assists with writing and completing resumes´, cover letters, and applications, and offers lifetime employment assistance to alumni, among others.
The 2016 Northeast Community College Graduate Report may be accessed at https://www.northeast.edu/Career-Services/pdfs/Graduate-Employment-Report.pdf
Northeast students attend a career fair at the College, sponsored by the Northeast Career Services Office.