Graduate survey results show success
Successful college graduates need more than a degree. They need to possess
essential skills to get the job done and the confidence to step up to a wide
range of career challenges. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College prepares
graduates for the real world by offering a technologically advanced college
experience that is based on the latest theories, approaches, and industry
Each year, WITC surveys its graduates to find out how well
their degree or diploma prepared them for their career. The results reveal an
impressive track record of academic excellence and valuable career perspective.
The study of 2012 graduates included 1,625 graduates who completed associate
degrees and technical diplomas at any of the WITC campuses, outreach centers,
and learning center. Out of that total, 1,382 graduates either responded to the
mailed questionnaire, e-mail request, or the follow-up telephone contact,
creating a response rate of 85 percent.
Ninety-two percent of the graduates were hired within just
six months of graduating. Annual earnings of WITC graduates right after
graduation are strong – averaging $33,800 annually for those working in careers
related to their WITC education.
The most satisfying part of the survey reveals that a high
percentage – 73 percent of those employed – were able to start their career in
an occupation related to their training.
“We are pleased to share the survey responses from our most
recent graduates,” said WITC President Bob Meyer. “These responses confirm that
an education from WITC provides an excellent payback and outstanding job
Ninety-seven percent of the graduates said they were
satisfied with the training they received at WITC and the same amount would
recommend WITC to a friend or family member.
Eighty percent of graduates who are employed in a job
related to their WITC education are working in Wisconsin and contributing to the
state’s economic development.
“These responses confirm that an education from WITC
provides an excellent payback and outstanding job placement prospects,” said
Meyer. “Our graduates are leveraging their WITC training to launch exciting
careers with impressive starting salaries that offer excellent future growth
potential. These survey results also illustrate how WITC’s staff has made
student learning and success our top priority.”