Saint Martin's education division gets high marks in teacher placement

Friday, January 16, 2004

Lacey - The Saint Martin’s College education division recently received news that in 2003, it placed first among the 21 institutions statewide in the percentage of students hired immediately as full-time teachers after graduating.

The statistics, compiled by Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Instruction, gave the placement rate for Saint Martin’s as 84 percent. Placements at other institutions ranged down to 22 percent. Overall, the average for the state as a whole declined to 58 percent from last year’s 67 percent.

“We have extremely hard-working students, said Joyce Westgard, the College’s dean of education. “The faculty and support staff at Saint Martin’s is proud to provide quality programs that let them develop outstanding teaching skills. The hiring percentage of our graduates is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to the education profession by student, faculty and staff.”

While the figures represent the number of graduates hired immediately after graduating, additional students received teaching positions throughout the year, Westgard said. At Saint Martin’s, 95 percent of education graduates were hired within one year after completing their programs.

Saint Martin’s offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate programs through its education division at its main campus in Lacey and at the Fort Lewis and McChord extension campuses. Hallmarks of the college’s education programs include substantial use of students’ field experiences in public school classrooms; commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse population; faculty who model compassion as educators; and the strong and mutually beneficial partnerships maintained between the college and local schools.

For more information:
Joyce Westgard
Dean, education division
360-438-4509 or

Deanna Partlow
Media coordinator/senior editor