COE Job Report: Most ’09-‘10 Grads Employed
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Of the 102 Butler graduates who completed an initial licensure program through the College of Education (COE) in 2009-10, 100 report that they are now employed or going to graduate school. Sixty-one hold teaching positions in Indiana, 10 teach in Illinois and another 9 teach in other locales, including California and France.
Eleven are in or preparing to enter graduate school. Nine of the program preparer grads hold what COE calls “non-education positions,” that is, employment outside a school corporation. “These include work as an administrative assistant in Student Affairs at Butler, independent tutoring, business, the Peace Corps, coaching, and other jobs,” said Sue Stahl, director of student personnel services for COE.
Graduating from Butler’s College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or Jordan College of Fine Arts, all 102 completed an initial educational licensure program as “basic program preparers,” with courses taken through COE. Their majors ranged from music education, exercise science, physical education and health education to four levels of education — early childhood-middle childhood (K–6), middle childhood-early adolescence (4–9), middle secondary (5–12) and secondary (9–12).
Stahl surveyed the newest program graduates between May and September, for COE’s annual job report. “Only two were not seeking employment,” she said. “One is finishing a novel and looking for an agent, and one is a happy new mom.”
“Carmel-Clay School district was our largest single employer this year, hiring five of our graduates,” Stahl said. Avon Community School Corporation and Indianapolis’ Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Wayne Township each hired four Butler graduates, while Zionsville Community Schools and MSD Washington Township (Indianapolis) have each employed three of the ’09 –’10 group of initial program completers.
Stahl believes COE mentors have encouraged the new grads’ persistence to land jobs in a tough economy. Last year, the College’s faculty and staff studied the book Change the Way You See Everything Through Asset Based Thinking (ABT) by Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak.
“The book describes ABT as ‘looking at opportunities rather than problems, strengths more than weaknesses and what can be done instead of what can’t,’ ” Stahl said. “I think our graduates took the lead from faculty modeling ABT, and made it work for themselves. They met the challenge of the job market with this positive attitude, and we are proud of their successes.”
Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson
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