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SDSM& T News
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 1999
SDSM& T GRADUATES REPORT 90% PLACEMENT RATE
WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATION
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) is proud to report that 90% of Tech students are working in their career field or pursuing graduate/ professional degrees within six months of graduation. Starting salaries for 98- 99 graduates average $ 41,773 for engineering majors and $ 41,215 for science degrees.
In addition to this high number of graduates obtaining employment, almost 20% of employers that hired Tech’s 98- 99 graduates are companies and agencies based in South Dakota. In addition, several graduates were hired by Hutchinson Technology ( MN) and Vishay Dale Electronics ( NE) which have plants in Sioux Falls and Yankton respectively and are major employers in those communities.
“ At the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology we encourage each student to develop to the fullness of their potential and we are pleased that these fine students had such an exceptional placement rate,” said Dr. Richard Gowen, President of SDSM& T. “ The placement of Tech graduates in companies and organizations within South Dakota can be attributed to a strong partnership between the university and the communities of the state, which will continue to grow and become stronger,” he added.
The top twelve companies nationwide which hired Tech graduates include Raytheon Systems, Hutchinson Technology, Cargill, Dow Corning, North Star Steel, Caterpillar, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Eschostar, Halliburton, Microsoft, US Army, and US Steel.
Students at Tech have the opportunity to begin their career planning early in their college years at the Career Planning Office on the SDSM& T campus. The office provides information, guidance and support to help students in their career development and with searches for full- time, summer and cooperative education opportunities within their selected fields.
Career Planning professionals are actively involved in a partnership with students, faculty, alumni, and employers with a goal of achieving the best match between the individual student and the employment organization or graduate school. An annual career fair held during the fall semester each year allows students to meet, and interview with over 60 employers that come from across the country.
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