Central College alumni put the “hire” in higher education, with nearly 100% of graduates employed, in graduate school or completing service a year after graduation. The real-world value of a liberal arts education continues to accelerate as work environments transform.
Central graduates find professional success as they attain high-powered positions in Fortune 500 companies, retail, television shows and music studios. Others find their futures in social justice-driven careers in higher education, public and private schools, governments, nonprofits and healthcare systems.
Student success can be directly linked to the internships, service-learning and off-campus experiences that Central students can access through the Career Development and Civic Engagement office. Central has more than 500 connections to internship sites.
Central connections and the close-knit family follow alumni into and throughout their careers. Many jobs for recent alumni are posted on Handshake, our online recruiting system and job board.Career Development Internships Service Learning Handshake
We’re more than proud of all our alumni have accomplished. Explore the latest news about our alums below, or check out all of our alumni stories!
Robert “Bob” De Smidt ’61 feels blessed and now works to bless others by giving back.
Graduate programs and employers are consistently impressed by Central graduates’ professional agility. Their active curiosity demonstrates ambition, commitment to lifelong learning and an ability to approach challenges from a variety of perspectives. It’s something Central students have in abundance.
Central graduates work in locations around the world. Examples of employers include Apple, Inc., Corteva Agriscience, Iowa Governor’s office, Mayo Clinic, National Geographic, Pella Corporation, Principal Financial Group and Vermeer Corporation.
Here are just a few of our notable alumni: