by jamesc 3/13/2014 4:22:43 PM --
NORFOLK - The numbers are in and continue to show that large numbers of Northeast Community College students choose to find employment in Nebraska after graduation. Terri Heggemeyer, director of career services at Northeast, presented the 2013 Graduate Employment Report to the Northeast Board of Governors Thursday at its regular monthly meeting. The report shows that 97 percent of 2013 Northeast graduates either found jobs or continued their education. Of the graduates who found employment following graduation, 83 percent of them gained employment in their field of study.
“Northeast is doing more than its part to plug the “brain drain.” said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. “The 2013 Graduate Employment Report states that a majority of our graduates reported they are either working or continuing their education. It is pleasing to note that 83 percent of them are employed in the fields in which they earned their degree.”
“Workforce development training is our top priority at Northeast Community College. It is our job to provide students a quality education so they can in turn find employment,” Chipps continued. “It is part of our mission in meeting the needs of the residents across our 20 county service area. This success is measured in multiple ways, chief of which is through the Graduate Employment Report.”
According to the college’s 2013 Graduate Employment Report, 88 percent of the graduates remained in Nebraska to work, and 64 percent stayed in Northeast’s 20-county service region. The percentage of graduates staying in the 20 county area is up while the percentage of students employed in the state remained the same compared to 2012.
The report also showed that 92 percent of those graduates planning to continue their education did so in Nebraska with 80 of the 270 attending Wayne State College.
Heggemeyer was again commended by the Board of Governors for her great success in getting a 98 percent response rate from the 787 graduates from last year. It was the sixth straight year that 98 percent of Northeast graduates responded to the survey.
“We work hard in making connections with students because we truly care about their success,” Heggemeyer said. “Northeast provides an excellent education to assist our students in reaching their goals. The statistics in the report prove that are graduates are excelling after their completion of study at Northeast. That ensures that as a college we are fulfilling our mission.”
The Graduate Employment Report is prepared annually and is intended to provide basic salary, geographical, and skill information as it relates to employment of college students with their initial employer.
The report indicated that 2013 graduates with an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in utility line found jobs with an average pay of $20.22 an hour with a high wage of $28. Wages for those with an AAS degree in electromechanical technology averaged $17.89 an hour while those with an AAS degree in heating, ventilation, & air conditioning (HVAC) averaged $15.23.
Associate degree nursing (RN) graduates were employed at an average of $20.36 an hour with a high wage of $23.25 and physical therapist assistants with AAS degrees found pay at an average of $21.17 an hour with a high wage of $30.
Northeast Community College, with campuses in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, West Point, offers more than 80 vocational, technical, liberal arts, and business majors, leading to immediate employment opportunities, or transfer to a four-year college.
Northeast serves residents in 20 counties in Northeast Nebraska.