A recently completed survey shows that fully 99 percent of the 813 people who graduated from Fort Hays State University in the 1998-99 academic year are now either employed or enrolled in an advanced education program.
This amazing placement rate continues the success of recent years. The placement rate was 91 percent in 1993-94, 99 percent in 1994-95, 97 percent in 1995-96, 97 percent in 1996-97 and 98 percent in 1997-98.
The survey is conducted annually by the Office of Career Services, which assists FHSU students in acquiring the skills necessary for a successful job search and provides information about available jobs. Career Services Director Daniel B. "Dan" Rice distributed the results of the most recent survey this week.
"There are a number of ways to measure our success as a university, but none is more important than the ability of our graduates to find jobs or be accepted into programs of advanced study," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president. "We are extremely pleased to report this continuing record of almost perfect success in our placement rate. It is a tribute to the quality of our students, the quality of our faculty and the quality of the support programs, such as advising and career services, that we provide to our students."
Of the 813 graduates in 1998-99, 583 are now employed in jobs related to their major field of study, 62 are employed outside their major, and 159 are enrolled in a program of continuing education. Three of the graduates reported that they were not seeking employment, and just six were still seeking employment.
"Employers continuously seek out students from FHSU for their strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills," Rice said. "A strong economy and the need for a qualified workforce have provided numerous employment opportunities for which FHSU students are especially well suited."