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Survey reveals William Jessup's graduates find jobs

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Making that commencement day stroll to accept a diploma is a special moment for all college graduates. Yet that joy of accomplishment will quickly fade for many 2011 graduates who can’t find a job after graduation. Although job prospects are limited these days for many college grads, several Jessup students report that they are bucking that trend. According to a recent survey, 61 percent of those graduates report they have already found employment. Another 35 percent of WJU grads will attend graduate school. William Jessup graduated 164 students last Saturday at Adventure Christian Church during the seventh annual ceremony since the university relocated to Rocklin in 2004.  “We look forward to the impact our graduates are going to make as they transition from our university setting,” said Dr. John Jackson, William Jessup University President and keynote speaker. “Our graduates represent a whole new generation of ‘world changers’ well equipped to succeed.” Nearly one third of the graduating class received degrees in Psychology or Counseling Psychology. Business and Liberal Arts Teaching degrees rounded out the top three most common degree programs earned from 2011’s graduating class. Among the graduates is Kaitlin Dunn, who will travel the furthest among her WJU peers to begin a new career. Dunn will be working in Cambodia for Agape International Missions, a non-profit organization that has helped rescue and care for more than 200 girls victimized by human sex traffickers. Other graduates who have secured employment are Amy Louise Gaines, daughter of Ted and Beth Gaines who will work for the prestigious UC Davis MIND Institute, a research center, committed to the understanding and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders like autism. Michelle Cooper will work as a paralegal at the Law Offices of R. Jeff Busch in Gold River. Cooper received a BS in Counseling Psychology and is a graduate from Roseville High School. Eric Hellon received a BS in Business Administration and is currently the owner of Caizen Real Estate and Investments. Founded in 1939 by William Jessup, the University moved to Rocklin in August 2004.  WJU is the first and only WASC accredited private four-year university to have its main campus located in the greater Sacramento area, offering degrees in many different disciplines. For more information, please visit www.jessup.edu or call (916) 577-2200.