Great Plains College continues to optimize student success ensuring graduates are well equipped and positioned to meet the region’s labour market demand, according to the annual 2012-13 Student Outcome Report and 2011-12 Annual Graduate Follow- up Survey conducted by Fast Consulting.
The Student Outcome Report found that 77 per cent of the college’s post-secondary graduates from the 2012-13 year had secured full-time employment within 90 days of graduation, an increase of 18 per cent over the 90-day rate of graduates from the previous year. Also on the rise, the college saw 59 per cent of its Basic Education graduates employed full-time within 90 days, up from 36 per cent the previous year. Alumni continue to find opportunity in Saskatchewan with 99 per cent employed in the province, and 83 per cent right here at home in the Great Plains College region.
The Annual Graduate Follow-up Survey assesses employment trends one year after graduation, and found that 84 per cent of graduates were employed and 91 per cent indicated Great Plains College had prepared them to work in their field of study.
“Saskatchewan is experiencing growth, and there is tremendous opportunity for our students to build a career in the province,” said director of planning Keleah Ostrander. “It is an exciting time for Great Plains College to ensure industry needs are met while growing both our student base and our programming to meet future demands.”
Great Plains College also recently initiated its first ever Economic Impact Assessment to measure the impact of the college, its students and graduates on the region and provincial economies. Annual impacts show that Great Plains College: created or maintained 742 jobs in the province, with 340 of those occurring in the Southwest Region, and generated $57.1 million in provincial gross domestic product, of which $14.7 million is new wages and salaries in the Southwest Region.
Interim Director of Development Carrie Voysey was impressed to learn of the significant impacts the college was generating in the region and province.
“Great Plains College has been in operation for 40 years,” said Voysey, “and this analysis clearly illustrates the role the college is having in shaping the long term economic future of the region.”