An impressive 97 percent of 2017 Centre College graduates are employed or pursuing advanced study, according to the annual outcomes report generated by the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). The results are based on a 98 percent knowledge rate, with responses from 318 out of 325 graduates.
The extraordinary results match those compiled by Joy Asher, director of the CCPD, and her staff over the last four years. Outcomes for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 were similarly high, hitting 95, 98 and 97 percent, respectively.
“The 97 percent rate is representative of the typical success of Centre’s graduating classes,” Asher said. “Through their rigorous curriculum, Centre students study hard and are armed with the knowledge they need to succeed after graduation.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to see Centre students attending graduate schools and entering the workforce in ways that I know will have huge impacts on their communities, both here and abroad,” she continued. “Centre prides itself in preparing students for lives of learning, leadership and service, and this success rate proves that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
These efforts have been supported over the last several years by increased staffing and a new approach to advising that also includes students serving as peer mentors. As well, the CCPD has partnered with the Office of Alumni Engagement to create the Career Mentor Network.
Top industries in which 2017 graduates are employed include financial services (14 percent); international employment and education (both 11 percent); medicine/healthcare and technology (9 percent each); education and science/research (8 percent each), government/law and nonprofit (7 percent each), marketing/sales and business (6 percent each); and the arts (4 percent).
Employers include recognizable names such as Amazon, Bank of America, GE, Google, and Teach For America.
Those pursuing advanced study are seeking degrees in medicine/healthcare (31 percent), law (16 percent), business (11 percent), science (10 percent), education (9 percent) and arts/humanities (8 percent).
Featured graduate and professional schools include Carnegie Mellon, DePaul, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
All graduates have benefitted one way or another from the Centre Commitment, which guarantees every student graduation in four years, a study abroad experience, and participation in an internship and/or undergraduate research. And on the last element, continued progress has been made, even over the last year.
Asher said the internship experiences gives students a competitive advantage when entering the world of work.
In the Class of 2017, 87 percent of graduates participated in internships or research projects.
Internships were both academic and noncredit experiences, and research took place both on and off campus. Many of these experiences were supported by generous funding from sources including the James Graham Brown Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Centre’s Parents Council.
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 7, 2018