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TU To Guarantee Students Will Find A Job After Graduation

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From engineering to philosophy, the University of Tulsa is now guaranteeing students they will find a job.

The ‘CaneCareers Job Placement Guarantee is for new undergrads starting in fall 2022. It says if they don’t land a job within six months of earning their degree, their first six credit hours of grad school at TU will be free. That tuition is normally $8,000.

"We are not aware of any other job placement guarantee in Oklahoma, and based on our research, we are only aware of approximately eight job placement guarantee programs in the country. And they are all each a little bit different. For example, one of them only provides the guarantee for certain majors," said TU Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement Executive Director Christy Caves.

To be eligible, students must graduate with a 3.0 GPA. While at TU, they must enroll in an online, zero credit course that requires them to complete ongoing career readiness tasks, like mock interviews, attending career fairs and completing an internship. They also must start their job search six months before graduation, applying for at least four positions a month.

"We are confident in this guarantee for a couple of reasons. First, our placement rate is actually pretty high at 93%, which is well above the national average. Additionally, we are a smaller school. We're not a big state school. And so, we have the resources to accommodate every student here at TU," Caves said.

Additional information about the 'CaneCareers Job Placement Guarantee is available at TU's website.

Note: KWGS is licensed to TU.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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