Students at Dordt are equipped effectively upon graduation
- Posted Monday, February 3, 2020
According to the Career Development Center at Dordt University, 99 percent of Dordt’s class of 2019 found employment or were accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation.
“Most students choose to attend college in order to get a good job and begin a career,” says Amy Westra, associate director of career development. “The consistently high career outcome rate at Dordt University may help alleviate some concerns about finding a job and entering the workforce.”
Dordt offers more than 40 programs of study, including both two and four-year degree options. The campus works as a team to ensure student success, with departments such as the Career Development Center, Academic Enrichment Center, and the Alumni Office.
“I think the way that the entire campus community rallies around students to ensure their success is a significant factor in the consistently high career outcome rates for Dordt graduates. Dordt faculty are committed to student success beyond the classroom,” says Westra. “They help students to identify internship opportunities, research workforce trends within their respective industries, and assist the Career Development Center by referring students to us to take advantage of the services we offer.”
Students enter a variety of industries after graduation, such as business, nursing, education, agriculture, and engineering. Students who are not pursuing graduate school have been employed by 141 different businesses.
“At Pella Corporation, we have hired many Dordt students for roles in all different aspects of our business and many of them continue to work at Pella Corp. for many years,” says Denny Van Zanten, Sioux Center plant manager at Pella Corporation. “Dordt grads have filled key roles all across our company, including positions in engineering, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and operations.”
At Dordt, students are encouraged to grow beyond just technical knowledge. They are equipped to fulfill Dordt’s mission to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all areas of life.
“We feel candidates from Dordt have a strong educational foundation and demonstrate the same servant leadership values of teamwork, respect, learning and integrity that are key values at Pella and an important part of our culture,” says Van Zanten. “We have found that Dordt graduates achieve results, provide leadership, and work with others in a way which delivers long term success.”
Graduates from the class of 2019 have both stayed to work locally or have gone on to live in 27 states, three Canadian provinces, and two additional countries.