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Job Placement Rate Hits 95 Percent

Job Placement Rate Hits 95 Percent

Recently compiled statistics submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) indicate that 95 percent of Jefferson College Career and Technical Education graduates were successfully employed or chose to continue their education within six months after graduating last May.

Of the 326 Jefferson College graduates surveyed, 89.3 percent found employment and 5.5 percent continued their education beyond the two-year level.

The information was compiled by Jefferson College Employment Services Specialist Lora Warner as required by the state.

“These results indicate to our community and region that Jefferson College graduates are well prepared to be successful in today’s competitive job market,” said College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “With the knowledge they gain in our classrooms and labs, Jefferson College graduates are ready to begin the next stage of their lives, whether it be starting a new career or seeking additional education. Employers know that those who graduate from the College are smart, talented and prepared to take on the challenge of a new career.”

Jefferson College’s award-winning CTE programs are designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation. The College offers over 30 programs. In most, students have the choice of completing either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Career and Technical Education Certificate.

With the emphasis being placed on technical training from both the state and national level, the College is experiencing a growing demand for its many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. As the economy steadily grows, job openings in some fields are becoming so plentiful that colleges are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for skilled workers.

Jefferson College CTE programs include:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Technology
  • Apprenticeship Training
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Management (Accounting and Marketing options)
  • Child Care/Early Childhood Education
  • Computer Information Systems (Computer Support, Criminal Justice Cyber Security, and Graphics/Web Developer options)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic
  • Health Information Technology
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Welding Technology

In addition to monitoring the successful career outcomes of graduates, each fall the CTE Division hosts advisory committees to evaluate the College’s curriculum and training, while suggesting methods of improvement to help meet/exceed industry standards.

For more information about Jefferson College’s CTE programs, admissions, and registration, contact Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3209. The main campus in Hillsboro is located at 1000 Viking Drive, Jefferson College Arnold is located at 1687 Missouri State Road (behind the Jefferson County Library Arnold Branch and the Arnold Recreation Center), and Jefferson College Imperial is located at 4400 Jeffco Blvd.