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Hitting the Ground Running

FVTC’s Grad Employment Highest in 17 Years

Hilbert native Heather Beil knew she wanted to work in a lab setting as a career while attending high school, and both a nearby college and local companies made that aspiration a reality.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the sanitation side of working with food,” said the 2016 Hilbert High graduate. “I learned several applications regarding the proper way to handle food and a lot more by enrolling in Fox Valley Tech’s Laboratory Science Technician program.”

Beil attributes her education at FVTC to helping land an internship at McCain Foods in Appleton, an experience that aided the 19-year-old in later earning a position as a quality and food safety specialist at Sargento Foods in Hilbert. “The college’s high-tech lab and knowledgeable instructors gave me the foundation to hit the ground running in the workplace,” Beil added. 

Beil graduated in May from FVTC with the offer to work at Sargento already in hand before she walked the stage. Like many other FVTC graduates, her road to skilled employment occurred rather seamlessly. According to the college’s latest Graduate Employment Research Report, 95% of all 2017 FVTC graduates found employment within six months of graduation, the highest figure for the institution in 17 years.

Lab Science Instructor Julie Maurina-Brunker (left) and recent graduate Heather Beil
Lab Science Instructor Julie Maurina-Brunker (left) and recent graduate Heather Beil
 

Similar data on graduate employment at FVTC covering the two previous years revealed that 94% of alumni found jobs within six months, up from 92% in 2014. The study is done each year and examines the graduation status of students from the previous year’s class. Another impressive finding from the latest survey indicates a record 70 academic programs at FVTC with 100% graduate employment.

“Fox Valley Technical College’s graduate employment data reflects our close connections to the needs of area employers and a proactive commitment to building marketable skills in our students,” said Dr. Susan May, president of FVTC. “To support the needs of today’s workforce, we’re focused on providing graduates with the skill sets in demand while working with employers across the region to expand the knowledge and skills of their current employees.”

In addition, local employers are rewarding FVTC talent with impressive salaries. The new report cites an average annual salary of more than $52,000 for graduates after being in the workforce for five years.

Beil’s lab science program was one of the 70 programs in which all graduates were able to begin their careers within six months. Internships at the college continue to serve as a successful tool for students to find careers around the time of graduation.

Each year, more than 2,000 students graduate from FVTC. View the complete report >>