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May 2011

Planning for the future: Trine seniors finding meaningful employment

Trine seniors are busy preparing for finals and interviewing for jobs and graduate school. According to Linda Bateman, Trine’s career services director, this year, more seniors are finding meaningful employment before graduation than in recent years.

In addition to the job market improving significantly, Bateman said her office hosted its third annual on-campus career fair. Thirty employers and nearly 300 students participated in the event. Trine also co-hosted two off-campus career fairs with a consortium of schools in the South Bend and Fort Wayne markets. A growing number of employers also are visiting campus to interview students for jobs and internships, as well as serve as guest speakers in classes.

During the 2010-2011 school year, career services staff also experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of students seeking career coaching.

Participation in the engineering co-op program also increased by 24 percent. Bateman said his program helps to build corporate partnerships with well-known companies, increase job placement, enhance alumni relationships and provide opportunities for guest speakers and experiential learning opportunities for students. This program also serves as a niche for Trine University, as only 100 schools offer a co-op program, Bateman said.

“We are so excited about the new opportunities we are creating for students,” Bateman said. “Being a small school, we have the chance to get to know our students and really help them through this arduous process.”

So far, Trine seniors have found jobs with companies such as Owens Corning in Texas, Vestil Manufacturing, Precision Tool, Indiana Marine Products, Hitchiner Manufacturing in New Hampshire, Ace’s Power Market, Steel Dynamics Inc., Commonwealth Associates, Cummins and more.

Students also have gained acceptance into graduate schools such as Chicago Professional School of Psychology, Michigan State, Northwestern, North Carolina State and Xavier University.

Senior Adam DePoy accepted the Charles Via M.S. Fellowship at Virginia Tech. He will pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering, beginning in August.

“We hope to continue to build relationships with new employers every year so that we might better serve our students,” Bateman said.

To learn how you can support your alma mater, contact Bateman at batemanl@trine.edu.

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