Graduate survey results show success
(5/27/14): 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 standards.
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 2013 graduates included 1,560 graduates who completed associate
degrees and technical diplomas at any of the WITC campuses, outreach centers and
learning center. Out of that total, 1,307 graduates either responded to the
mailed questionnaire, e-mail request, or a follow-up telephone contact, creating
a response rate of 84 percent.
Ninety-one percent of the graduates were hired within just
six months of graduating. Annual earnings of WITC graduates right after
graduation are strong – averaging $35,072 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.
“These responses confirm that an education from WITC
provides an excellent payback and outstanding job placement prospects,” said
WITC President Bob 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.”
Ninety-seven percent of the graduates said they were
satisfied with the training they received at WITC and 98 percent 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.