Class of 2019 Achieves 99% Placement Rate
Vermont Tech graduating classes average 99% over four years
Randolph Center, VT (12/16/2019) — On the heels of its national ranking in the 96th percentile for return on investment, Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the Class of 2019 achieved a 99% placement rate as demonstrated in the 6-Month Outcomes Survey. The college ranks first in the state for return on investment, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges. Among the 2019 class, 99% of employed graduates are working in the field associated with their major.
The 2019 survey had the highest response rate of the past five years with a 96% return. There were 524 respondents among the 548 graduates. The categories are employed, continuing education, unemployed, or not seeking work. Among this class, the category break down is 67% employed, 32% pursuing advanced degrees, .5% unemployed and .5% not seeking work. In the last category, graduates are often studying for licensure exams that delay their job search.
Nationally, the average placement rate for the most recent comparable data is 85.7% for the Class of 2018, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The national percentage of employed graduates is 63.5%, continuing education is 19.2%, seeking work or education (unemployed) is 14.1%, and not looking for work is 1.5%, according to the same NACE study.
The results are part of a four-year trend among graduates of Vermont Tech to achieve near complete placement in careers and advanced education. The average rate over the past four years is also 99%, starting with the 100% rate of the Class of 2016. "Vermont Tech students work very hard to gain the critical-thinking and practical skills that makes them so desirable to employers," says President Patricia Moulton of the Class of 2019 success. "Employers in growing, technical and health care sectors, often struggling with workforce shortages in Vermont and nationally, would employ more graduates if we had them to hire. It is clear Vermont Tech launches careers for our students," noted the president.
Results of the study by major are available on the college's website: https://www.vtc.edu/success-rate-2019.
About Vermont Tech - Vermont Technical College is a leading public college with a mission of applied education and student-centeredness. One of the four institutions of the Vermont State Colleges System, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing sites located throughout the state. Vermont Tech features state-of-the-art laboratory experience and a highly personalized classroom and student-life experience. All of our programs utilize a technological educational component, from the simulators used by our nursing program around the state, to manufacturing laboratories in Randolph Center and Williston. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu.