UW-Stout News Story

Employment rate for graduates remains at 97.9 percent

March 5, 2012

The new employment report for 2010-11 graduates of University of Wisconsin-Stout shows that the university is meeting President Obama’s challenge to produce graduates who will succeed in the workplace, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said.

The Annual Employment Report produced by the UW-Stout Career Services office revealed that 97.9 percent of the 1,245 graduates who responded to the survey (86 percent response rate) said they were working or were continuing their education. That is exactly the same percentage as last year’s report.

“President Obama has told universities and colleges they must work harder to meet the demands of business and industry,” Sorensen said. “UW-Stout has been working with our business and industry partners throughout our history, and our phenomenal employment rate shows that.”

Sorensen noted that UW-Stout’s employment rate has exceeded 97 percent for more than a decade and even held steady during the worst recession since the Great Depression.

“We focus sharply on ensuring our graduates are ready for a challenging and rewarding career,” Sorensen said. “This report is another indication that our efforts are paying off.”

The report also showed:

•  The median starting salary of the new graduates increased 5.7 percent from $35,000 to $37,000. Five majors reported average salaries exceeding $50,000.

•  Of those employed, 77 percent reported they were employed in their major field of study.

•  Graduates in 25 of the 37 majors reported 100 percent employment rates. Only 26 graduates reported they were seeking employment.

Sorensen said the hands-on, applied learning model used in many UW-Stout courses also prepares students for the real world. “Our students graduate prepared for what they will find in the workplace,” Sorensen said. “Employers know that, which is why our graduates are sought-after.”

Amy Lane, Career Services director, said the services provided by her office contribute to the employment success of UW-Stout graduates. Lane said her office offers “excellent educational services and career counseling to all students on campus, which helps them connect with employers and prepare for their careers. We have dedicated professionals to provide workshops, individual appointments with Career Counselors, a dynamic website and online resources, and we coordinate one of the largest Career Conferences in the Midwest.”

The Cooperative Education program, through which students are paid to work at a company and receive credit and workplace experience, also is a plus, Lane said. During 2010-11, 876 students participated in the co-op program.

“Many employers who recruit at UW-Stout use the Cooperative Education Program as a pipeline to future talent for their organization,” Lane said. “Cooperative Education helps students build experience, confidence and professional networks needed within their chosen career field.”

Lane said this is the 56th annual employment report the office has produced.

Jesse Pischlar, a 2011 graduate from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, landed a job as a manufacturing engineer with Medtronic of Fridley, Minn., prior to graduating. He double-majored in manufacturing engineering and plastics engineering.

“Simply put, UW-Stout offers programs that lead students to careers and prepares them to be effective, adaptable and dependable professionals,” Pischlar said.

For information about other recent successful graduates, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/success.

Lane agreed with the chancellor that UW-Stout is meeting President Obama’s challenge to produce work-ready graduates.

“The true test to determine how well the university has performed its role of educating our future leaders is to look at the Annual Employment Report,” Lane said. “UW-Stout graduates have an average employment rate of 97 percent for the past 10 years, which speaks volumes to the excellent preparation our students receive at UW-Stout for their future careers.”

The report is available at http://www.uwstout.edu/services/careerservices/upload/anrpt.pdf.

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