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Job placement for BSC technical program graduates at 96 percent

Posted on 2/6/2013

According to the recently completed 2011-12 Bismarck State College Job Placement Report, 96 percent of BSC's technical program graduates are employed or continuing their education six months to one year after completing their program at BSC.

BSC's early placement report is significantly higher than the employment rates cited in the 2010 U.S. Census which showed that "among individuals age 25 or older, 71 percent of those with an associate degree or some college education were employed..."

Twenty-two of BSC's 37 technical programs showed 100 percent of the program graduates either employed or going on for additional or advanced degrees.

"We're very proud of these results. They show us that BSC is producing the kinds of graduates employers need. That's good news for our students and for our programs," says BSC president Larry C. Skogen.

In the BSC report, 83 percent of students responding to the survey are in related employment or continuing their education.

The report showed the average salary for a graduate is $18.32/hour ($38,100 annually) and salaries were as high as $57.59/hour ($120,000 annually).

According to College Board Advocacy and Policy Center the demand for workers with associate degrees is projected to increase at a faster rate than the demand for workers with any other level of education.

"We definitely see that trend at BSC where our enrollments have grown exponentially over the past decade and employers look to our graduates to fill the workforce pipeline," says Skogen.

BSC's placement report data was collected from 2011-12 graduates of BSC's technical programs through email surveys, telephone contact and information provided by program faculty. The survey had an 81 percent response rate. A total of 694 students completed technical programs in the 2011-12 academic year.

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