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Grand View Graduates Succeed, Remain in Iowa

Grand View’s class of 2014-2015 recorded exemplary success in the job market and/or continuing their education. Of the 96% of graduates who responded, 90% were employed, 4% were continuing their education, 3% were employed and continuing their education, and 2% were not seeking employment — for a 99% placement rate.

Other highlights from the annual Career Center survey include:

  • 91% of Iowa students remained in Iowa after graduation, with 91% choosing to launch their career paths or further study endeavors within the Des Moines metro area.
  • 91% of those employed reported positions or placements consistent with their primary academic major.
  • 86% reported they feel empowered to pursue a career, vocational path or “calling” that uses fully their academic preparation, skills, abilities, and passions.
  • 24% of respondents voluntarily provided salary information and reported average annual income of $38,000.

Area Employers hiring the most Grand View graduates from the 2014-2015 class include: UnityPoint Health, Mercy Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Du Pont/Pioneer, Military (all branches), Des Moines Public Schools, Nationwide, Government (varied branches and offices), West Des Moines Community School District, Broadlawns, and Principal Financial Group.

For the past 20 years, Grand View’s placement rate has been between 98% and 100% with the exception of two years during the most recent recession, when it dipped to 95-96%.