WITC receives top marks in graduate follow-up survey
(5/17/10): Each year, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College surveys graduates to find out how well their degree or diploma prepared
them for their career. The results reveal an impressive record of academic
excellence and valuable career perspective. The trend continues as WITC has
recently released the results from its 2008-2009 Graduate Follow-up Survey.
“The results confirm that WITC empowers learners to gain
the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful and excel in today’s
workforce,” said Jennifer Kunselman, WITC research and planning coordinator.
“WITC plays an important role in contributing to Wisconsin’s workforce by
preparing individuals for jobs and careers right here in our local community.”
The six-month study of 2008-2009 graduates included 1,732
graduates who completed associate degree and technical diplomas at WITC's campuses
and learning center. Out of that total, 1,490 graduates responded to either the
mailed questionnaire or the follow-up telephone contact, creating a response
rate of 86 percent.
The survey showed that 98 percent of the graduates said
they were satisfied with the training they received at WITC and that they would
recommend WITC to a friend or family member.
Of those employed, 84 percent are working in Wisconsin – 72
percent are working in the 11-county WITC district. The average starting salary
was $30,517 annually.
WITC’s recent findings have been even more positive when
viewed with Wisconsin’s current 8.8 percent unemployment rate. Of the 11
counties in WITC’s district, the unemployment rate varies between 8 percent and
nearly 13 percent. Yet, 85 percent of WITC graduates were hired within just six
months of graduating – 70 percent of those employed were able to start their
career in an occupation related to their training.
“More than ever, in times like these when the economy is
struggling, it is necessary for people to prepare themselves for employment,” Kunselman said. “WITC graduate follow-up results support that WITC should be the
first choice for new high school graduates, displaced workers and those wanting
to pursue a new career.”
For a copy of this report or specific questions about how
the survey was conducted, please call the Office of Research and Planning at
800.243.9483 or visit