Emporia State University president talks about successful student careers

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Emporia State University says they’re thrilled by strong numbers on their students’ career outcomes – 97.57%, to be exact.

Emporia State University president Allison Garrett sat down with anchor Brittany Moore Wednesday morning to discuss the latest developments at the college. Garrett said that students are gaining real world experience with internships like accounting positions, and some with companies in Topeka like Security Benefit and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

“In many of our majors, we have 100% placement,” Garrett said. “It really starts with the internships that our students have. More than 70% percent of our students are doing internships while they’re in school.”

The career outcome data is determined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. ESU’s percentage result – 97.57% – is based on 69.34% of graduates reporting employment, or enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces and/or humanitarian services, and 28.22% reporting they were pursuing additional education.

Garrett also said the university is watching with “bated breath,” for increases in public education funding from the Kansas Statehouse, under the newly elected governor Laura Kelly.

“Cuts have affected all of our universities over the last several years, and we’re hoping that some of that funding can be restored,” Garrett said.

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