Internships Help Community College Grads' Job Prospects

Gallup recently published an article (January 17, 2018, written by Ashley Artrip and Zac Auter) that discussed some recent findings regarding the power of internships:

40% of associate degree graduates had a relevant job or internship while in school had a job right after graduation

16% with a non relevant job or internship had a job waiting for them.

6% without a job or internship had a job waiting for them.

In addition, they found that grads with relevant internship experiences have positive workforce outcomes: 

Based on employed associate degree holders who had a job or internship during school:

                              Completely related              Somewhat related             Not at all related
Engaged at work                 49%                                 40%                                   19%

The conclusion of the article was that two-year colleges should consider the value of an increased emphasis on internships.

Is your college able to successfully develop relevant internships? 




8 Things to know about students

Gallup recently published an article about the Eight Things You Need to Know About Students. 

The article sites the 2016 Gallup Student Poll Snapshot Report which reveals these eight things:

  1. Engaged and hopeful students fare better on desirable outcomes, such as better self-reported academic performance and less absenteeism.

  2. Students become less engaged as they journey through school.

  3. Many students have a best friend at school, but few get to do what they do best every day.

  4. Getting to do what they do best drives high school students' perception of success at school.

  5. Many young students but few older students feel surrounded by caring adults at school.

  6. Engagement and hope are linked to students' plans after high school.

  7. Entrepreneurial aspiration wanes for high school students.

  8. Involvement in extracurricular activities boosts positive outcomes for students. 

     (by Valerie J. Calderon and Daniela Yu, May 25, 2017)

How do you think your school can apply these findings?