Ferrum College education students find success after graduation

Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 5:37 PM EST
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Students studying education at Ferrum College are finding success after graduation. The college said all its teacher education graduates are employed by the following fall.

Ashley Boyd is one of those graduates. She started teaching at Ferrum Elementary School in 2018 and now takes advantage of their quiet classrooms to grade papers.

"It's really, really cool to see the transfer of knowledge I learned at Ferrum to come over here," Boyd said.

That knowledge has helped Boyd and other education students find success.

Ferrum College said 100 percent of its teacher education graduates from 2016 to 2018 are employed.

“We know our teachers are very successful at finding positions, but it was exciting to see that 100 percent of our graduates were employed,” Angie Dahl said.

Dahl is the dean of the School of Health Professions and Social Sciences where the education program is held.

There are only about 60 students enrolled in the program and those small classes are important, Dahl said.

“Really affords us the opportunity to work one-on-one with our students and help them figure out what they want to do and get them the right placements,” Dahl said.

The students get hands-on experience in real classrooms through the Franklin County Public School District, and those experiences can lead to permanent positions.

“We found that about 47 percent of our students are employed in Franklin County Schools and then we have additional students employed in the immediate region,” Dahl said.

Just down the road at Ferrum Elementary School, seven teachers and the school’s principal are Ferrum College graduates.

This employment study not only highlights the quality of students at the college, but it also emphasizes the demand for teachers across the commonwealth.

“There is a teacher shortage, there is about 1,000 seats unfilled every year in Virginia for teacher positions,” Dahl said.

That means qualified candidates like Taryn Tretick can feel confident as they complete their senior year.

“I’m more excited I would say than nervous, but I am pretty confident in what my teachers have taught me and what I have learned from my internships and just my other classmates,” Tretick said.

Employment numbers from 2019’s graduating class are expected to be released in spring of next year.

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