OCTOBER 1, 2005 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
STAFF Chris Plouff, Director Ginger Lange, Associate Director Susan Simmerman, Associate Director Gina DeLapa, Assistant Director Tom Demmon, Assistant Director Troy Farley, Assistant Director Koleta Moore, Assistant Director Steve Lipnicki, Career Specialist Dana Hebreard, Career Specialist Carol Coffey, Systems Coordinator Michelle Holstege, Office Coordinator, Allendale
206 Student Services Building, Allendale, MI 49401 (616) 331-3311
• In 2005-2006, 77.0 percent of GVSU graduates were employed, 19.7 percent were enrolled in graduate school, and 0.4 percent were involved in "alternative activities" such as traveling, homemaking, etc. The results for the previous year, 2004-2005, were 78.8 percent employed, 18.7 percent enrolled in graduate school, and 0.4 percent involved in "alternative activities." In 2005-2006, 64.7 percent of graduates were employed directly in their fields of study, compared to 63.3 percent in 2004-2005.
Graduate School 19.7%
Alternative Activities 0.4% Employed 77.0%
The departments with a rate of 80 percent of respondents either Directly Employed or in Graduate School (combined) included:
Accounting Anthropology Athletic Training Biomedical Science Biopsychology Business Economics Business Chemistry Classical Tradition Classics Clinical Laboratory Science Computer Science Earth Science Earth Science Economics Engineering Finance Geography Health Science Hospitality & Tourism Management Information Systems Integrated Science International Business International Relations Journalism Mathematics Medical Imaging Music Marketing Natural Resource Management Nursing Occupational Safety & Health Physics Psychology Russian Studies Social Work Special Education/Psychology Statistics Theatre Therapeutic Recreation
Accounting Biology Business Administration Communications Computer Information Systems Criminal Justice Engineering English General Education General Education CSAL Health Administration Nursing Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Reading School Counseling Social Work Special Education/Psychology Taxation
Percent of Graduates Employed or in Graduate School by College
College College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Seidman College of Business College of Community & Public Service Padnos College of Engineering & Computing College of Education* College of Health Professions Kirkhof College of Nursing College of Interdisciplinary Studies
*College contains graduate programs only.
Employed 59% 87% 75% 85% 99% 99% 99% 87%
Graduate School 35% 13% 20% 12% 1% 1% 0% 7%
Total 94% 100% 95% 97% 100% 100% 99% 94%
Percent of Graduates Employed or in Graduate School by College
100% 90% 80% 70%
99% 87% 75% 85%
50% 40% 30%
20% 10% 0%
12% 7% 1% 1% College of Health Professions 0% Kirkhof College of Nursing College of Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Seidman College of Business
College of Community & Public Service
Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
College of Education*
Employment by Geographic Location
Other States 12%
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Iowa Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Michigan ■ Minnesota ■ Nebraska ■ New Mexico ■ Nevada ■ North Carolina ■ Ohio ■ Oregon
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Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Virginia Washington Wisconsin West Virginia
W est M ichigan 79%
Other M ichigan Locations 21%
(West Michigan defined as Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties)
Employment by Sector
2005-2006 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Business/Industry Education Health Not for Profit 14% 17% 13.5% 11% 10% 8.5% 32% 29% 34% 43% 44% 44% 2004-2005 2003-2004
Graduate School by State
Other States 23%
Alaska Colorado Idaho Iowa Michigan Nevada New York Pennsylvania Texas Wisconsin
Arizona Florida Illinois Kansas Minnesota New Hampshire North Carolina South Carolina Washington DC
California Hawaii Indiana Maryland Missouri New Jersey Ohio Tennessee Washington
Top Forty Employers Hiring Grand Valley Graduates (Alphabetical Listing)
Allendale Public Schools City of Grand Rapids Coopersville Public Schools County of Kent County of Ottawa Crowe Chizek Deloitte & Touche Ernst & Young Foremost Insurance Fruitport Public Schools Grand Rapids Public Schools Grand Valley State University Haworth Corporation Health Motion PT Herman Miller Corporation Hope Network Hudsonville Public Schools Jenison Public Schools Kenowa Hills Schools Kentwood Public Schools Mill Steel Company MMPC Munson Medical Center National Heritage Academies Northview Public Schools Pine Rest Hospital Plante & Moran Rockford Public Schools Smiths Aerospace Sparrow Health Systems Spectrum Health St. Johns Home St. Mary’s Health Systems State of Michigan Target Corporation Traverse City Public Schools Walgreens West Ottawa Public Schools Whirlpool Corporation Wyoming Public Schools
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended
(in addition to GVSU)
Albany Law School American Catholic University Arizona State University Ball State University Calvin College Carnegie Mellon University Central Michigan University Cincinnati Conservatory Colorado State University Columbia University Cooley Law School Denver Seminary DePaul University Drexel University Duke University East China Normal University East Stroudsburg University Eastern Michigan University Indiana University James Cook University Marygrove College Medical University of Ohio Miami of Ohio University Michigan State University Missouri State University Nebraska Wesleyan University New York University Notre Dame University Ohio State University Palmer College of Chiropractic Pennsylvania State University Purdue University Roosevelt University St. Ambrose University South Illinois University James Cook University Marygrove College Medical University of Ohio Miami of Ohio University Michigan State University St. Georges University Syracuse University University of Colorado University of Denver University of Detroit-Mercy University of Hawaii University of LadenNetherlands University of Massachusetts University of Michigan University of New Haven University of Texas University of Wales University of Wisconsin University of Mississippi University of South Alabama University of Colorado University of Denver University of Detroit-Mercy University of Virginia Wayne State University Western Michigan University Youngstown State University
Student Enrollment in Experiential Education Programs
(Internships, Cooperative Education, Student Teaching, Practica, Clinicals, etc.) The number of students who participated in experiential education programs in 2005-2006 was 5,112.
5,200 5,000 4,800 4,600
4,667 4,538 4,426 4,436
Number of Students
4,400 4,200 4,000 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006
Student Enrollment in Experiential Education Programs by College
2,000 1,500 1,000 500 College of Education* College of Health Professions Kirkhof College of Nursing College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Seidman College of Business College of Community & Public Service Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
944 795 421 140 257 8
College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Number of Students
A break down, by college, for students enrolled in experiential education programs indicates 421 students (1,621 credit hours) in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 140 students (449 credit hours) in Seidman College of Business; 944 students (2,971 credit hours) in College of Community and Public Service; 795 students (3,669 credit hours) in Kirkhof College of Nursing; 2,138 students (14,597 credit hours) in College of Education; 257 students (735 credit hours) in College of Engineering & Computing; 409 students (2,532 credit hours) in College of Health Professions; and 8 students (23 credit hours) in College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Career Services Internship Report Executive Summary for 2006 Calendar Year
Career Services has posted 681 internship opportunities in 2006. This is more than the 637 posted for the 2005 year and 43.9% increase over the 473 posted in 2004. The sustainable growth is quite an accomplishment in a shrinking economy (both statewide and nationally). Internship enrollments are up 7% Fall 2006 when compared to Fall 2005 enrollments. A dedicated Internship Specialist was hired in January. One of her first initiatives was to implement an Internship Marketing Plan that focused on three key areas: faculty; employers; and students. Based on the structure of the marketing plan some key accomplishments and goals achieved this year follow: Faculty Focused: Presented to the Campus Life Committee Meeting on Experiential Education Survey findings. Presented two sessions at the FTLC: Connecting Unconnected Students with Internships and The Practical Value of a Liberal Education. Established a firm partnership with Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator which has resulted in all Criminal Justice interns working directly with Career Services to develop a cover letter and resume and tying those students into the new US 380 course, Internships and Job Search Strategies being offered Fall 2007. Future Goals: • In Winter 2007 the Internship Specialist will establish an internal Internship Advisory Panel. The intent is to bring the various internship coordinators together to discuss best practices and review a model based on CAS standards. Student Focused: A new internship marketing brochure (Experience Matters!) was created. The content is on the website and brochures were mailed to ~1,600 juniors from 28 majors that do not require internships; this mailing will be repeated each year. Seven employer panels were held in 2006, where the discussion included the value of internships. Over 380 students were impacted by these events. Presented How to Find an Internship seminars – offered twice in Winter and twice in Fall semesters with 160+ students impacted and Computer Science informational sessions on internship preparation and success offered twice Winter and twice Fall semesters with 60+ students impacted. The Career Services Internship Award has been given for three consecutive semesters starting Winter 2006. To date it has impacted 12 students enrolled in non-paid internships, providing over $3,600 of support. To date over 40 students have applied for award. Future Goals: • Continue to increase individual student involvement in credit-bearing internships. • Determine a way to capture information on students involved in non-credit bearing internships. • Reach students earlier in their academic journey so that they can plan to conduct an internship as a part of their academic program. Employer Focused: Developed and implemented an employer “tool kit” to assist in developing viable internships that meet academic guidelines. GVSU has established an award winning partnership with Mill Steel that incorporates several interns and Alticor has designated an Information Technology manager for GVSU students. GVSU was also selected as a recruiting site for the U.S. Marshals internship program (only one in West Michigan). Future Goals: • Expand relationships and broaden opportunities in the Detroit, Chicago and national markets. • Establish an external Employer Internship Advisory Board by Summer 2007. • Create an annual event that will honor and educate intern employers while raising funds for the Career Services Internship Scholarship, the first to be held Winter 2007.
Career Services Office Accomplishments/Contributions
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Conducted 3,898 scheduled appointments and contacts with students. 29,718 employment vacancies for students and alumni were listed. Staff conducted 111 class workshops and presentations to 5,273 students. 32,568 students and alumni were contacted through direct mailings advising on upcoming events and services; 72,187 were contacted via e-mail. Staff members taught or were part of the following classes: Engineering Co-Op Preparation EGR 289, EGR 602 and (three) sections of US 102.
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Coordinated seven career fairs with a total of 452 employers and 2,784 GVSU students in attendance. 223 employers interviewed students through on-campus recruitment that involved 1,040 students. Staff visited with 500 employers developing opportunities and establishing employer relations. 15,607 candidate resumes were directly referred to employers from the GVSU Web Resume Book. Staff collaborated with and presented to employers at the Engineering Design Conference/Co-op Appreciation Luncheon.
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Career Services Staff had 1,460 contacts with GVSU faculty. Staff member served on Student Services CSAL Professional Development committee. Staff conducted senior exit surveys for Engineering, Chemistry and Physician Assistant Departments. Staff member served on the University Assessment Committee. Staff collaborated with faculty and employers to conduct first Statistics Career Day.
Campus Collaborations and Activities: • Hosted statewide joint conference for Michigan Council for Internships and Cooperative Education and Michigan Association of Colleges and Employers.
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Staff served on the GVSU A/P professional development committee and participated in university judicial hearings. Staff participated in Admissions Visitation Days. Staff participated in Annual Multicultural Student Reception. Conducted two "Etiquette Dinners" in collaboration with Alumni Relations and Athletics featuring dining etiquette and career preparation tips. Member of Grand Valley Business Alliance in conjunction with the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Family Owned Business Institute, U.S. Department of Commerce, Van Andel Global Trade Center, the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative. Coordinated interviews with Federal Work Force Recruitment Program for students with disabilities. Presented resume writing for Freshman Academy students through Office of Multicultural Affairs. Collaborated with Seidman Advising Center to co-create the new publication “Seidman Career Bulletin”. Co-coordinated three Seidman Internship workshops which included 17 panelists. Co-facilitated with Academic Resource Center’s “Athletes in Motion,” a career panel consisting of five companies advising varsity athletes. Staff member co-chaired the Division of Student Services Intercultural Committee, and chairs the Intercultural Oversight Committee. Office served at Helping Hands housing move-in program. Staff members participated in Intergroup Dialogue discussions, “Claiming a Liberal Education”. Presented resume, job search and other career related workshops to The American Marketing Association, Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi and Society of Advancement of Management. Worked with Seidman Finance Department to create first Careers & Curriculum event, which was attended by 117 students, eight faculty and four employers. Staff member attained Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in the State of Michigan and National Certified Counselor status by the National Board for Certified counselors. Staff member wrote pieces for the Psychology department that are included in the monthly newsletter to all psychology majors. Conducted simulated interviews for 140 HTM190 students to assist in preparation for internships. Offered eight programs eligible for LIB100 credit.
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Campus Collaborations and Activities continued…
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Made career presentations in all International Relations, Political Science, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Geology, Natural Resources Management and Chemistry capstone courses. Organized several sessions of Beyond Your Degree: “The Skills and Experiences Employers Value” which included panels of professionals (representing careers in non-profit, human services, government, healthcare, public administration, education, and business organizations) for various majors. Organized panel discussions titled “Writing: It’s Not Just for Journalists Anymore” featuring five professionals including two Grand Valley Alumni which attracted over 100 students and faculty. Conducted an interactive presentation on career satisfaction at Grand Valley Liberal Studies retreat, attended by approximately 40 Liberal Studies faculty and students. Collaborated with Career Services and Alumni Relations to sponsor the Etiquette Dinner. Auto Owners Insurance made a donation towards programming in recognition of recruitment efforts at Grand Valley State University. Staff member was presenter at ASEE-CIEC national conference in San Antonio, Texas Presented sessions on marketing your Statistics degree at Statistics Career Day. Assisted in coordination of Student Awards Breakfast and student networking event for Midwest Fish and Wildlife Association Annual Conference.
Community Outreach: Career Services Staff participated in the following outreach efforts within the community: Staff member wrote for collegejournal.com the on-line publication for the Wall Street Journal. Co-presented on career exploration, New Options Alternative High School. Career Services staff members served on several boards such as Regional Representative and Co-Op Awareness Committee President of the Michigan Council for Internships and Cooperative Education, Consultant for Grand Rapids Pre-College Engineering Program for Grand Rapids Schools, Allendale Chamber Scholarship Director, Goodwill Business Advisory Council, and Cedar Springs High School Curricular Committee. Staff member also volunteers at God’s Kitchen on monthly basis. Presented at Fire-UP Conference for student teachers. Volunteered during STEPS summer camp: program for young women in Engineering. Presented on interviewing skills to the Youth Summit, and Career Exploration at the Potter’s House. Presented three workshops to community members on Managing Generational Differences through GVSU Continuing Education. Participated in an internship discussion with members of the Community Leadership Institute. Staff member was featured speaker to group of advanced counseling students at the University of San Diego. Presented several programs on interviewing and job techniques for members at Guiding Light Mission.