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### Over 99% of 2022-2023 VCSU Graduates Engaged in Employment or Higher Education


March 26, 2024

Significant Employment Rates for Graduates in North Dakota

Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) revealed that 98% of graduates from the 2022-2023 academic year are either employed or pursuing further education.

Infographic containing statistics from VCSU’s First Destination ReportAmong education graduates, 62% have secured employment in North Dakota, while the rest have ventured to 19 different states spanning South Dakota, Florida, and Alaska. This information was disclosed as part of the annual VCSU First Destination Report.

President Alan LaFave emphasized, “The success of our graduates in their chosen fields underscores the enduring value of a VCSU education. The enriching experiences students undergo at VCSU equip them for rewarding and impactful careers. Many graduates become integral members of North Dakota communities, contributing to the state’s prosperity through affordable educational pathways.”

Reflecting on her teaching journey, Spring 2023 Elementary Education alumna Mariah Topp shared, “VCSU played a pivotal role in preparing me to excel as a competent and effective teacher. The hands-on teaching experiences offered by the VCSU Education Program were invaluable. Teaching, a profession that thrives on practice, was honed through abundant exposure and mentorship from seasoned educators I observed.”

Non-education undergraduate alumni reported a 98% employment or continuing education rate. Among these graduates, 70% are employed in North Dakota, while 52% pursuing further studies have chosen institutions within the state. Additionally, 32 students completed internships with various businesses and organizations during this period.

Kasen Anderson, a graduate in Human Services and Psychology, shared, “My dual major in psychology and human services laid the foundation for my pursuit of a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Interning with the Abused Persons Outreach Center and the Community Green Dot program further enhanced my readiness for the future. I am forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences VCSU provided me.”

All graduates with Master’s degrees reported gainful employment, with 74% employed in North Dakota.

Dr. James Boe, Dean of Graduate Studies, highlighted, “Our graduate programs empower individuals to broaden their horizons through education. Whether in education or the Master of Science in Business Information Systems, our programs have enabled many to achieve their career aspirations.”

Recent graduate Cherise Pfaff, reflecting on her transition from a stay-at-home mother to a teaching career, expressed, “The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Valley City State University filled the gaps in my knowledge about structuring a classroom environment. Each class added valuable pieces to the puzzle, and the engaging professors played a pivotal role in my success. Implementing strategies in real-time while teaching allowed me to become an effective educator. Through this program and my classroom experiences, I have developed a passion for teaching.”

The First Destination Report, prepared by the VCSU Career Services Department, adheres to the standards set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

For interviews regarding the data or further information, please reach out to Tammy Jo Taft via email or phone.