The Voice: Winter 2002

The Voice

Ninety-seven percent of education majors are in their classrooms

Dordt education majors have never had difficulty finding jobs, and this year is no exception. Out of seventy-four graduates, sixty-five have their own classrooms this fall. Seven grads are not looking for positions at this time, and the other two either turned down a contract or were limited by a location, says Jo Faber, Dordt's placement coordinator.

“This speaks well for Dordt's graduates,” says Faber, “and for Dordt's reputation for producing men and women of integrity who become valued leaders.”

New Dordt graduates are teaching in nineteen states or provinces and five foreign countries, according to placement statistics from Faber's office. The largest number of teachers has gone to California_fifteen, with Iowa taking eleven. Five moved to Minnesota, and three or four have settled in Washington, Colorado, British Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina. The others have spread across North America from Massachusetts to Utah, Florida to Alberta. New Dordt teachers are also working in Guam, Japan, Haiti, China, and Korea.

The list of positions submitted by non-education 2001 graduates is also extensive. They range from staff accountants and bookkeepers to youth ministry personnel and social workers, from computer consultants and engineers to human relations personnel and managers. Overall spring graduates posted a ninety-nine percent placement rate with eleven percent of those working in out-of-major jobs.

Faber is very pleased with Dordt students' success, saying that they are earning a good reputation. She cites a Southern California company that received a Dordt placement booklet for accounting and business administration majors. They contacted a student, flew him out to interview, and then hired him. A Florida company that had previously hired a Dordt graduate offered to fly out any interested candidates from this year's class to look at their company. They hired both of the graduates who came out to interview.

As graduates get into more and more companies, they are finding that the reputation of alums who have been there before are one of their best selling points, says Faber.