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MC graduates again reach 99 percent placement rate

Barry McNamara
02/21/2014
For the second straight year, 99 percent of Monmouth College’s most recent graduating class is either employed or in graduate school.
        
The figure is one of several positive results from an annual survey that the college’s Wackerle Career and Leadership Center distributes to recent Monmouth graduates. The average income for members of the Class of 2013 who entered the workforce was up more than 6 percent from the Class of 2012.
        
Although graduates found employment through all types of connections, many have the Wackerle Center to thank, at least indirectly. Stephanie Kinkaid, the center’s program director, reported that 84 percent of the Class of 2013 used the center in Poling Hall during their college careers.
        
Several, such as Pete Lipinski, made extensive use of the valuable campus resource.
        
“The staff at the Wackerle Center was able to help me to improve my résumé as well as introduce me to alumni who were in the field of work I wanted to enter,” reported Lipinski, who used that networking to land a job as a yacht accountant for Hill Robinson International in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
 
Similarly, Jacob Barr landed a position with high tech leader Sogeti USA, in part because of networking.
          
The Wackerle Center was established in 1996 by Fred Wackerle ’61, the retired CEO of Fred Wackerle, Inc., a Chicago-based executive search consulting firm specializing in CEO succession. The Monmouth alumnus collaborated closely with the college to create the innovative center, which is focused on a commitment to helping students explore their career and leadership potential through service learning, involvement and career development programs.
        
Some students benefited not only from the Wackerle Center’s services but also from working there. Kayla Corzine, Tim Gilmour and Michelle Hutchison all secured spots in graduate school largely through their experience as members of the center’s staff.
 
Other members of the Class of 2013 in grad school include Samantha Seemann, who is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois, and Kortney Rupp, who is studying analytical chemistry at Purdue.
        
While the nation’s unemployment rate recently dipped below 7.0 percent, it is even better for individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Kinkaid said that figure is 3.3 percent, with Monmouth students even topping that standard.
        
“People are finding jobs,” she said. “Our students are being educated about finding employment so much better than students from 10 years ago. That education comes from throughout the campus, not just the Wackerle Center. Faculty and staff have really helped the students learn the value of networking and internships.”
        
In fact, said Kinkaid, 75 percent of the Class of 2013 had at least one internship experience during their college careers, a figure more than 5 percent higher than the national average.
        
Business major Will Grunow used his stint as an ARAMARK employee during his Monmouth years to land a position as an assistant manager with the food service company at another college. Danielle Diamond landed an accounting position at Lauterbach and Amen after interning at General Electric Transportation, while Luke Devlin, who works at the exclusive Dulwich College International High School Programme in Suzhou, China, completed five internships. Joe Florio, who was a legislative intern for Congressman Ed Markey, is now at George Washington University for its political management graduate program.
        
While most graduates, such as Diamond and her accounting classmate Dan Asbell (now a finance analyst at State Farm), followed their majors to find employment, others are choosing adventure. Kinkaid reported that twins Megan and Sarah Zaubi landed their “dream jobs.” The sisters, who both majored in English, are serving as tour guides in Alaska.