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UNCW, BCC graduates find jobs after turning the tassel

UNCW officials said 72% of graduates find employment after graduation. (Source: WECT) UNCW officials said 72% of graduates find employment after graduation. (Source: WECT)

A college education is still valuable for students graduating from our area.

The rates of graduation from our local universities to employment in their chosen field are on the rise, according to two recent surveys.

The UNC Wilmington Career Center conducts an annual survey called, "First Destination" to record each graduating class in their success in the job market.

UNC Wilmington Career Center Director, Thom Rakes, said 77 percent of UNCW class of 2014-2015 graduates participated in the survey.

The results showed that within six months of commencement, 72 percent of the undergraduate class was employed. 10 percent of graduates were still on the job hunt, while 20 percent were enrolled in Graduate or Professional School. 

Rakes said the university implements many programs and opportunities to prepare students for employment after graduation, but he ultimately credits the students for their success in the job market after they turn the tassel. 

"The students that come here, come here with the idea of really finding employment or graduate school after their undergraduate program is a large part of why they're coming here.  So I think they come with the idea of, yeah, I really need to start thinking - at least vaguely - of what I'm going to do four years from now. So I think that's part of it that our students are really career motivated and have that in their minds."

The UNCW survey also showed that graduates in the Nursing/Healthcare, Accounting, and Applied Technology fields are more successful than others in finding employment in today's job market. 

Graduates from Brunswick Community College are also getting a return on their investment.

According to a survey from BestColleges.com, Brunswick Community College has one of the best ratings in North Carolina among other two-year colleges in the state for post-graduation employment.

School officials said one of the many reasons for that success is because students at BCC focus on professional technical careers.

They also revealed that one of the best ways they track their students' success is to follow their state license examinations and national accreditation if applicable to their field of study. 

According to Brunswick Community College President Susanne Adams, her approach of finding jobs for alumni is through partnering with the community. 

"We have been very successful in some of our industries, mainly in North Brunswick, which is in the Leland area, and that is in our machine technology and in our welding. So we are working hard to take care of the workforce needs in that area as well."

Ms. Adams also shared that over 50 percent of 2015 Brunswick Community College graduates reported they had successfully found a job in their career path this year.

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