If I were a gambling person in the world of graduate outcomes, I know where I would be placing my bets. It would be on the employment results of FVTC’s graduates. The odds are pretty good. In fact, the odds are that 9 out of every 10 of our graduates (students who successfully complete one of our degree or diploma programs) will be employed within 6 months of graduation. And, most will be employed in a position related to their field of study. We know what these odds represent because every year the College does exhaustive follow-up with our graduates not only 6 months after graduation, but also 5 years after graduation to get a good understanding of their employment and professional growth. The latest report focused on our 2014 graduates, and of that group, 92% were employed 6 months after completing their credential.
But the good news doesn’t end there. What impresses me even more is what happens to the earning potential of our graduates within just a 5 year period of time (and we see results like this year after year). Looking back at our 2009 graduates, the average starting salary for that group in 2009 was $32,282. However, within 5 years that average salary jumped to $46,140, or a 43% increase during that time compared to the Consumer Price Index increase of 10.5% over that same period. There’s little question that our graduates gain value and add value in the marketplace very quickly. I’ve included a graph here that might help understand these results:
In looking at just a few of our programs, an average annual starting salary of $53,000 for our dental hygiene graduates right out of the gate, or $43,700 for our automated manufacturing and electromechanical graduates, or $51,000 on average for mechanical design graduates 5 years after graduation, represents a very solid return on tuition and time investment. Several of our programs, like Agribusiness/Science Technology for instance, have experienced 100% job placement year in and year out for a number of years now.
Should you be thinking that there are very few jobs or opportunities available in the fields that FVTC prepares students for or at these salary levels, let me dispel that myth. In fact, as only a few examples, last year in the FVTC District alone, there were more than 46 full-time job postings for every 2-year marketing graduate, 14 positions for every machine tool graduate, 30 for every administrative assistant graduate, and 16 job postings for every electromechanical graduate. Great opportunities are everywhere for our graduates! I’d put my money on them every time.