LeTourneau graduates talk about uncertain job future

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It's that time of year again as students all over the country graduate from college and begin their careers.  LeTourneau University graduated more than 300, Saturday, but many graduate with an uncertain employment outlook.

Walking across the Belcher Center Stage receiving their diploma's, LeTourneau graduates are hoping to hit the ground running.

"I've already got a jobs," said graduate Grace Hogan.  "I was able to succeed in getting a teaching job."  Many have targeted professions they feel will be in demand.  LeTourneau, well known as an engineering school, had a large number of grads in engineering already having employment before graduation.

"I have a job lined up," said graduate Wes Downing.  "I've been working for LeTourneau technologies across the street for a couple of years part time, and they've hired me on full time."  Others are uncertain about the poor job market.

"A lot of my fellow students didn't even get interviews this year just because no one's hiring right now, so I went through a lot of that," said graduate Tim Storm.  With the current unemployment rate at 8.5%, some graduates think post graduate work may be the only insurance in the workplace.

"I'm planning to go to grad school to study prosthetics, so I'm hoping that being in the medical field, since it will always be needed, that it will help me get a job out of grad school," said graduate Katie Leatherwood.  Around 375 students graduated Saturday morning.

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