As commencement approaches at America’s Environmental College, Unity College’s newest alumni are already reaping the rewards of affiliation with their alma mater and their sustainability science education.

According to a recent alumni poll, 92% of grads landed a job in their field or placement in a graduate program within one year of graduation. 40 out of 103 students expected to graduate from Unity College in May 2017 have already accepted positions in a variety of fields throughout North America. Dozens more are weighing their options.

What awaits a few of the latest graduates of America’s Environmental College is a sampler of some of the most desirable sustainability careers and graduate school placements in North America.

•Andrew Carlin, a Captive Wildlife Care and Education major from Danvers, Mass., will serve as an animal husbandry intern with the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Florida.

•Madison Crane, a double major in Wildlife Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Woodbury, Conn., will work as a field tech with the USFS Research Unit.

•Jacob Gaposchkin, a Wildlife and Fisheries Management major from Littleton, Mass., will serve as a seasonal wildlife biologist in Denali National Park in Alaska.

•Becca Harrison, a Secondary Education: Life Science major from Freeport, Maine, will be the Waterfront Director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

•Michael Latti hails from Brunswick, Maine, and will graduate with a double major in Conservation Law Enforcement and Wildlife and Fisheries Management, has accepted a position as a Deputy Warden with The Maine Warden Service.

•John Marino, a Sustainable Energy Management major from Manchester, Vt., will serve as a solar site analyst with Newport Solar in Rhode Island.

•Joe Moran, a Wildlife Biology major from Jeffersonville, NY., will be entering the PhD program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

•Laura Parameter, a Captive Care and Wildlife Education major from Essex Junction, Vt., will be an interpreter at Glacier National Park in Montana.

•Joshua Pittendreigh, a Captive Care and Wildlife Education major from Exeter, N.H., will be an onsite instructor at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Fla.

•Gunnar Norback, an Earth and Environmental Science major from Cheshire, Conn., will join HRP Associates, Inc., as a project geologist.

•Grace Wilson, a Wildlife Biology major from Ridgefield Park, N.J., will be an avian field tech at the University of Illinois.

In response to their graduates’ success, Unity College is only increasing its commitment to career services by naming Dr. Robert Scott its new Dean of Career Services. Scott has served Unity College for the last eighteen months as interim Chief Academic Officer and has enjoyed a successful career in academic administration at multiple institutions.

“Career services is the future of small private higher education,” said Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury. “In order to continue to fulfill the mission of small private higher education, colleges simply must align academic programs with societal need, and employer and graduate school expectations. At Unity College, we’re investing in the future of our students as we invest in the future of our planet.”

The alignment between college experience, societal need, career, and graduate school begins early at Unity College.

“Unity College has a history of placing students in high quality internships around the globe” said Erica Hutchinson, Chief Fundraising Officer. “Our experience is that good internships and undergraduate research opportunities result in powerful networks and rewarding career paths that last a lifetime. Dr. Scott adds invaluable experience and networks to our career development team.”

As Dean of Career Services, Dr. Robert Scott will apply his experience in higher education administration and networking to help Unity students continue to obtain great jobs in their field and attend graduate school following graduation.

“When selecting a college, career resources, internships, career placement, and graduate school placement are increasingly important factors,” said Scott. “Whether you’re a freshman looking for that first internship or an experienced alumnus, once in the Unity College family you have access to one-on-one professional advising and the power of the Unity College network.”

It’s hard to argue with a 92% placement rate.

Friday, April 21, 2017