Sterling College provides a superb focused education that leads to career opportunities after college; most often in fields related to environmental stewardship. Each year we ask our graduating seniors about their future plans and employment opportunities.
In our most recent survey, 95% of our students reported that they were employed within the first year after graduation and 80% reported that their employment was either closely or somewhat related to their major area of study. Approximately 10% of our students pursued graduate study in the first year after completing their degree at Sterling.
Five years after graduation, 98% of our alumni report that they are employed full or part time, in graduate school, or a full-time parent. Most importantly, 90% of our alumni report that they are meeting their career goals.
Dan Schieffelin ’06 talks about his work in the frozen south—Antarctica. “I am well suited to life in a small community that experiences long stretches of cold,” he says. Read more about living and working in Antarctica.
Brandon Learnard ’12 chats about his great will to work in the outdoors, wanting to give back to the world in a positive way, and advice for current students. Read more about what he’s up to and his current work in the field.
Cory Whitney ’00 talks about his dynamic days, positive energy as a mechanism for changing the world for the better, and pointers for current students. Read more about his research abroad.
Julie Scott (Olson) ’07 discusses the freedom to learn on her own, her quest to add more hours to her day, and how to be comfortable in any situation. Read more about her work as the Farm Manager at the FARM Institute.
Laura Keir ’10 talks about communication skills, being passionate about citizens involved in environmental decision-making, and the variety of environmental work going on in Vermont communities and organizations. Read more about being a Planner for the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.
Vincent Wisniewski ’11 talks about science education, the frustrations of mosquitos, and wanting to be in a wild place. Read more about being a Science Educator at Denali National Park in Alaska.
Kate Banyas ’11 talks about high ropes facilitation, the challenge of working with kids, and how to dig deep and find work meaningful to yourself. Read more about being a Camping Program Director for the YMCA Camp Lincoln.
Ben Matthews ’09 discusses assessing fish habitats, how fly fisherman skills come in handy, and seeing the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart. Read more about being a Watershed Crew Leader and Forest Service Liaison for Trout Unlimited in West Virginia.
David Schultz ’88 touts strong observational skills and experience with different ecosystems. Read more about being a Wildlife Biologist and Avian Specialist for Ecology & Environment Inc. in Utah.
Sarah Carson ’10 says that running a sweet treats business isn’t all sugar and spice and everything nice: you have to be ready to jump in with both feet and take calculated risks. Read about her adventures with Queen City Pops, her solar powered food truck in Burlington, Vermont.
If your values lead you to commit to becoming an environmental steward and you want the rigor and challenge of working with both your hands and your mind, Sterling College could be the right place for you. We encourage you to schedule a visit to campus or sign up for more information.