Explore stories of younger alums who knew when to stay the course and when to run with the unexpected.
Sometimes the career path after graduation flies like an arrow — a direct route to an identified end goal. Other times, it’s more like a meandering river that twists and turns as new opportunities present themselves. And it’s not uncommon for it to be a little of both. This month we’re happy to share story excerpts of several younger alums who knew when to stay the course and when to run with the unexpected.
Learn why a bachelor’s degree remains the surest pathway to economic security and a middle-class income.
Minnesota needs more people to earn degrees after high school — including associate degrees and vocational certificates. But in today’s economy, the post-secondary degree option that remains the surest pathway to economic security and a middle-class income is a bachelor’s degree.
Discover why employers seek out graduates from our colleges and the key skills graduates need to cultivate to succeed.
From technical to social-emotional, employers are looking for a wide variety of skills in their potential new hires. These employers continue to rely on graduates from private nonprofit liberal arts colleges knowing they have the skills needed to succeed.
Read how the Minnesota private college experience prepared alums Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn and Dan Wolgamott for public service.
Last year, with all 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives up for grabs, Democrats managed to upset the former Republican majority, winning 75 seats to their 59.
Among those Democrats were two young new legislators, both of whom attended Minnesota private colleges — Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn of Eden Prairie and Dan Wolgamott of St. Cloud.
We caught up with the duo just as the legislative session was beginning in February, to find out a little about them and how their years in Minnesota private colleges influenced their current political careers.
Learn how graduates benefit financially from a degree and how that helps Minnesota’s economy.
There’s a great deal of talk in the media about whether getting college degree is worth it, but employers rarely question its value — quite the opposite. That results in a financial benefit for graduates and, ultimately, for the state as a whole. Read our recent article on the topic.
Discover the ways in which career development is being more closely integrated into student employment.
While work study is an important part of financially supporting college students, many Minnesota Private Colleges are also working to redefine the role of student employment in career development.
“When employers are hiring for a position many are working off a behavior-based philosophy, which is predicated on work history,” said Dave Broza, director of the Office of Career Development and Calling at Bethel University. “The best prediction for an employee’s success is their past experience and this includes work study.”
Discover how career development offices at St. Scholastica and St. Kate's help students cultivate meaningful careers.
We sat down with two career development professionals to talk about how students can start developing a meaningful career while in college. Andrea Chartier is a career counselor at The College of St. Scholastica and Tina Wagner is the director of career development at St. Catherine University. Both spoke at the spring Student Success Forum, which is held for interested staff at member institutions.
Learn why employers want liberal arts graduates on staff.
Student who graduate from liberal arts colleges are set to succeed. In fact, 75 percent of our graduates are employed within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree; another 16 percent are pursuing additional education and four percent are doing volunteer service (such as Peace Corps or mission work).
Learn how bachelor’s degrees trigger financial benefits for graduates and the state’s economy as well.
It’s commencement season at private nonprofit colleges across the state; it started in April at Augsburg University and ends in June at Carleton College. As students gather with their families for these ceremonies, they mark the significance of this threshold moment — and leave as graduates.
Learn why employers want the knowledge and skills that graduates from our colleges possess.
You’re likely heard the worry about whether students who graduate from liberal arts colleges get jobs. So you’ll be glad to learn then that 75 percent of our graduates are employed within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree. Another 16 percent are pursuing additional education while four percent are doing volunteer service (such as Peace Corps or mission work).