Each year the Career Development Center surveys the graduating class to find out where they are and what they are doing with their degrees from Dordt College.
This is known as the First-Destination Report.
We follow strict standards for collecting our data and determining results.
of 2016 Dordt College graduates report being employed or enrolled in continuing education opportunities by December 31, 2016.
A survey of the Dordt College Class of 2016 found 216 of 328 total graduates earn a degree in Education, Business, Engineering, Nursing, Agriculture, or Health & Human Performance:
More than 35 Dordt graduates from the Class of 2016 chose to attend graduate school. A few programs of study they chose include physical therapy, city planning, social work, biomedical engineering, and ministry.
Dordt's Class of 2016 graduates are studying and working in 31 states, 3 Canadian provinces, 3 international locations.
After graduating from Dordt in May 2016, Samantha (Droog) Roos married fellow Dordt graduate Micah Roos and moved to Overland Park, Kansas. She works at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
“I work on a Kidney, Liver, and Rehab floor, caring for children ages 0 to 18,” she said. “I primarily care for children with chronic kidney or liver conditions, as well as children who have had traumatic brain injuries, as they recover from their accidents.
Many of the children we care for are on the Organ Transplant List for either a kidney or liver transplant. We are able to care for these children prior to their transplant, dealing with complications from their disease, as well as after they receive their transplant.”
Roos said her Dordt experience enabled her to discover her passions and gifts so that she could use them to help others.
“My job is very difficult, and I see so much of the sin and brokenness that fills our world,” said Roos. “I see children who have brain injuries they received from abuse by their parents, who will never walk or talk again. It is difficult and heartbreaking, yet I feel like I am exactly where God has called me to be in his kingdom. My calling is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each and every child that I take care of, and to show them his love through my words and actions.”
Roos says her Dordt experience pushed her to grow spiritually, helped her to gain skills that she needs to best care for her patients, and caused her to realize that God has called her to serve.
What does Roos miss most about Dordt?
“I miss the amount of time and resources they provided for spiritual development,” she said.
“I miss being able to go to Praise and Worship every Thursday, Chapel on Wednesday, and GIFT on Sunday nights. There are so many ways to grow your spiritual life and help develop your knowledge of God and his world. I also really miss the Dordt community and spending so much time going to various events and games with my friends.”
This April, Roos will study and take a test to receive her Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) license. She says. “This certification will allow me to further my knowledge in the specifics of pediatric nursing. Looking forward, I’m excited to continue to expand my education.”
“Since July, I have been employed as a scenic carpentry apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre here in Philly,” said Jeremy Vreeken.
“In my position as an apprentice, I build scenery and set pieces for all of the plays produced during this season, which will number somewhere around 20 by the time I leave in May.”
Every day, Vreeken works with several apprentices and professional carpenters to hone his skills. “On any given day I might work with fabric, foam, wood, metal, lighting, and sound equipment, or I might drive a truck full of completed pieces from our shop to the main theatre building,” said Vreeken. “In the past six months I have learned a new city, furthered my technical theatre skill set, made new friends, and have begun the adjustment into post-student life.”
Vreeken’s experience working in Dordt’s theatre department helped to prepare him for his position at the Walnut Street Theatre. “During my time at Dordt, I worked in the theatre department's Scene Shop, took several theatre arts classes, and worked on almost every production in some way,” said Vreeken.
“Because Dordt's Theatre Department was small and developing in many ways, I was allowed to play a large role in several productions and learned to self-direct, problem solve, and even lead teams of my fellow students while working in the shop or on the stage. In my current position, I use all of the technical skills I learned at Dordt, as well as the interpersonal skills of leadership, communication, and teamwork necessary to successfully mount a production.”
Vreeken commented that he appreciated the value that his English major added to his life. “I appreciate the encouragement to value my major for what it added to my life and worldview, and not strictly for its marketability,” said Vreeken.
“During my time in college, I was constantly encouraged to ask questions. ‘How and why’ are important questions for students of every major at every college, and I am most grateful for the emphasis my education placed on asking for the ‘why’ behind whatever we were doing.
From design and construction in the theatre, to reading and creative writing in the classroom, to conversations and relationships in coffee shops and around campus, a focus on the big picture and an awareness of perspectives and my own view on things has been very valuable to me.”
Vreeken said he looks forward to continuing to work in technical theatre. He is also considering getting a master’s degree.
“But, my plans are open to revision,” he said.
A lot has changed for Justin Vos since he graduated in May 2016.
He married Ranae Boonstra (’16) and moved to Tallahassee, Florida. He also started a master’s and Ph.D. program in history at Florida State University. His studies are focused on the history of Dutch immigration and Dutch ethnicity.
“The goal of the program is to complete both the master’s and Ph.D. program in six years by submitting class papers in place of a master’s thesis to save time,” said Vos. “It has been a lot of work but I have enjoyed it.”
“The history department at Dordt does a great job teaching critical thinking, writing skills, and research strategies,” he said. “I was prepared to write long papers, and I already knew the basics of the Historical Method.
Many students in my cohort who graduated from public universities did not have the same level of preparation. Regarding preparation, I am closer to the incoming Ph.D. students, who already have a masters, than the other students coming from undergrad.”
Vos appreciates the experiences he had while studying abroad with the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford during his undergraduate work. “My experience at Oxford helped confirm my desire to attend graduate education,” he said. “For any future Dordt students considering attending graduate school for any field in the humanities, I would highly encourage this option for them.”
Vos credited his time on the Dordt Forensics Team as beneficial for helping him to develop his speaking and communication skills. He also appreciated the time he spent as a tutor in the Academic Enrichment Center, which gave him “some basic teaching skills and the experience of working with other students to help them learn” that he now applies in his work as a grader at Florida State University.
The relationships Vos built at Dordt were hugely influential, too. “My roommates and I would spend hours discussing theology and various life issues. Despite some differences, we all had the same grounding,” said Vos. “The people within Dordt’s community have their differences, both students and faculty, but in the end there is a common sense of calling, especially among faculty. ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,’ and without that perspective, education has no ultimate meaning. The ultimate reason for education is not present at public universities, and this is a big part of why I miss Dordt.”
Vos mentioned that he plans to finish his Ph.D. in the spring of 2022, with a goal of teaching in higher education after completing his dissertation.
“My dream place to teach would be back at Dordt,” he said.
“Dordt prepared me academically by giving me the skills and confidence to perform as a social worker in a dark and broken world,” said Emily Tuuk.
Working as a child welfare specialist at a foster care agency in Chicago is not an easy task, but Tuuk said she feels prepared. “Dordt helped me prepare spiritually to stand firm in my beliefs, but to act professionally when working with those who do not agree or believe in Christ,” she said. “It has prepared me to project Christ and be confident in my career.”
Looking back, Tuuk is thankful for her Dordt professors. “I think one thing I appreciated most was learning from professors who were not only passionate about teaching social work but were also professional social workers who know the values and ethics of social work,” said Tuuk.
“An achievement that I am particularly proud of was passing the licensing exam to become a child welfare specialist,” said Tuuk. In the future, she would like to get a Master of Social Work degree to specialize in mental health.
“Dordt’s community is unlike any other and I cherish every memory I have from attending this amazing institution.”
The Career Development Center encourages all current Dordt students in vocational development and career preparation. We serve as a connecting point between students and employers.
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“The Dordt College Career Development Center follows the standards and protocols specified by NACE (National Association for Colleges and Employers) when gathering first-destination data. As part of these standards, the Career Development Center collected data through a first-destination survey that was distributed three times to the class of 2016. In addition to information gathered from the survey, data was also collected from reliable sources such as fellow graduates, parents, faculty members, commencer cards, and LinkedIn profiles. As indicated in NACE’s Standards and Protocols, the Career Development Center made “good faith efforts to verify the information obtained by any source other than the graduate or in any case where there is some concern about the accuracy of the available information.” The data collection concluded on December 31, 2016.