UMD report shows 95 percent of 2012-2013 grads have jobs, or continuing education

By KBJR News 1

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - 95 percent of students who graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth between 2012 and 2013 are either employed, or continuing their education.

This latest figure comes from UMD's follow–up report for that graduating class, which officials say is helping dispel myths about higher education.

From July first 2012 through June 30th 2013, UMD saw 1,982 students obtain a Baccalaureate Degree, which was their largest graduating class to date.

83 percent of those with jobs are working in Minnesota. 48 percent have also completed an internship or Co–op experience.

In all, 58 percent of all graduates have landed a job related to their major field of study, while 23 percent obtained somewhat related positions to their major.

According to Chancellor Dr. Lendley Black, the report is shining light on what he calls relatively new myths surrounding college learning "that a college degree may not be worth it, that you can't get a job. Indeed, a UMD education is extremely valuable. People can get jobs, they are getting jobs," said Dr. Black during a revealing of the report Thursday.

While the jobs numbers are strong, Chancellor Black says getting an education at UMD goes beyond just attaining a job.

"It's the career; it's the enhancement of their lives," said Dr. Black.

Dr. Black says part of that enhancement comes from diversifying students' educational opportunities within their field.

UMD student Topaz Cooks is set to be a part of next year's annual report, and says she's always been interested in stage management.

"I've never done designing, I've never done painting, I've never done directing, and you're required to take all those classes," said Cooks. "The more knowledge you have, the more useful you can be to a company: bottom line."

But for some, the cost of higher education can overshadow the success that can come with it.

Cooks says she's lucky to have attained multiple scholarships, but during freshman year before she applied for them "I was extremely stressed," said Cooks, "my family was stressed for me, because theater—how do you support yourself, let alone pay off debt?"

The annual report is voluntary, and had a 90% completion rate this year.

According to CollegeCalc.org, UMD has an average in–state tuition of $11,700, and an average out–of–state tuition of over $20,000

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