The Power of a Career-Focused Education

A new survey finds that 89.2% of recent Central Penn College graduates are employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Overall, 97.3% of graduates were employed in some capacity or continuing their education.

This new data comes from the recently published “2017-2018 One-Year Graduate Follow-up Report” compiled by the college’s Career Services department. “The results demonstrate that our students are receiving a valuable, career-focused education that prepares them for today’s workforce,” says Director Steve Hassinger, who has headed the department since 2002.

This year’s 89.2% statistic is the highest since the graduating class of 2008 and a marked increase over last year’s 84.1% figure.

High knowledge rate

Hassinger is particularly proud of the survey’s 95.1% knowledge rate, which means the department obtained employment information for all but 19 recent graduates. He credits Career Counselor Audrey Bare for her diligence in reaching out and following up with recent alumni.

The National Association of Colleges & Employers recommends a knowledge rate of at least 65% for employment surveys, which Central Penn far exceeded.

Another highlight for Hassinger is that 92.4% of graduates said they are very prepared or somewhat prepared for their chosen field. “This tells me that Central Penn is continuing to deliver a career-relevant education that students need for employment and advancement in their fields,” he says.

About Central Penn College

Central Penn College provides students with the educational foundation to turn potential into professional success. Since 1881, the college has been a leading source for delivering career-focused education to students in Pennsylvania and beyond. With locations in Summerdale and Lancaster, Central Penn College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificate programs in a variety of professional fields.* For more information, visit