Author: Katie Huinker
College graduates everywhere are nose deep in newspapers and the internet searching for jobs.
While some may leave the state, one goal of administrators everywhere is to keep Iowa students in Iowa.
Anamaria Canchola graduates next year and hopes to find a job in the state.
“Like I said, I came from a bigger city so when I learned how to you know live here, people are good and it’s very you know efficient living,” says Canchola.
And she’s not the only one who appreciates these values.
One University of Iowa spokesperson says over the years the number of graduates staying in the state has held strong.
“Every year we see between 50% and 53% of the students that are graduating from the University of Iowa stay in the state of Iowa for their full time employment. That varies a little bit by college but in general we’re very excited to see those kind of numbers,” says Angi Mckie.
She says there are plenty of reasons for these positive figures.
“There’s a big variety as far as the different communities people go to work in, the quality of life and how much it costs to afford a nice quality of living is reasonable in the state of Iowa and really you can start yourself in any entry-level position and grow in it pretty quickly,” Mckie adds.
This is a good thing because it encourages consistent economic growth.
“And if they stick around it is good for the local economy, they will possibly be renting a place or maybe buying, who knows, but they’re also spending their money on lifestyle activities I know no matter the size are doing what they can to build attractions for these college students,” says Shaun Arneson with the North Iowa Corridor.
But it’s not only the economy that’s benefiting, it’s the communities as well.
“Well of course any community no matter what size makes every effort to try to stop that leak of talent,” adds Arneson.
“If you can do something for our town is always good,” says Canchola.
Colleges do not know yet how many graduates will be staying in the Iowa border but we’re told they send out surveys in a couple of months.