The billboards really speak to the heart of Fox Valley Technical College’s mission which is, in a nutshell, “education for employment”. Our work, day in and day out, is to prepare people–no matter what their situation is, their age, their background, their experience–for the workforce of this region or beyond. And what we provide is career and technical education…preparation for the overwhelming majority of jobs available in our workplaces.
The billboards promote the fact that our grads get jobs which is very reflective of our graduate placement results, even in this extremely tough economy. In the years before this recession, about 92% of our graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. As bad as this job market has been, I was very concerned that this placement rate would drop substantially. To my amazement, that hasn’t happened. Our 2009 graduates (as a whole) experienced an 85% placement rate within 6 months. We have a follow-up study underway right now on how our 2010 grads fared in the job market.