Number of graduates SETS NEW RECORD CEREMONY AT HISTORIC TABERNACLE
IN THE NEWS: 90-90-1 placement goal becoming a reality - College pilots Discovery experience to improve key decisisons - Social media marketing
ABOVE (left to right) Ashlynn Osborn (Temecula CA), Shelby Sorensen (Lehi, UT), Bianca Harbison (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Juan Galvis (Colombia), Fernanda Afonso (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Roman Pacheco (Sahagun, Mexico), Ricardo Jimenez (Mexico City, Mexico), Beatriz Goncalves (Curitiba, Brazil), Stephanie Dickson (Taylorsville, UT).
GRADUATION RECORD 509 DEGREES AND 214 CERTIFICATES
Harold Morales is congratulated by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles and Elder Paul V. Johnson, Commissioner of Education for the Church.
The five year graduation trend saw a dip in 2014 due to the lowering of the age required to serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church.
An all-time record was set for LDS Business College at the 2015 Commencement as 509 two-year degrees and 214 certificates were awarded. Graduates ranged in age from 19 to 62.
"The number of graduates has grown steadily as the College has refined its mission to provide a market-driven, skills-based education," said J. Lawrence Richards, LDSBC president, after the ceremony. "Employers are eager to hire our students. They like how our graduates have developed the skills and character to excel at work and provide for their families as they serve in the Church."
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles told graduates to embrace the technological changes of a modern world while still holding tightly to the values, truths, and eternal covenants that date from the time of Adam and Eve. "Learn how to use the tools of our changing world to magnify your strengths and minimize your weaknesses," he said. "Embrace as well the courage and strength to hold tight to the eternal truths of the gospel. Be true to your testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ."
GLIMPSES A QUICK LOOK AT A FEW LDSBC INNOVATIONS
Discovering personal giffts and identity
Many college students are unsure exactly what their gifts and talents are. They don't know where they want college to take them. The 8-week Discovery Experience workshop helps students discover their personal missions, gifts and talents. It helps them learn how personal revelation works in their lives. Students gain a solid footing in knowing what to study, deciding where to go to school, finding a first career, and learning to build a family on a solid foundation.
Teaching high-demand skills in social media
Currently, social media marketing has far more job opportunities than qualified candidates to fill them. It is redefining marketing as we know it. That's why some students get jobs after just one class in the program. Companies are eager to hire people with the strategies and skills needed to manage their social media. They are willing to pay competitively for it.
90-90-1 placement goal becoming a reality
LDSBC fosters "just in time" education instead of the traditional "just in case" education. This helps the college reach the goal of "90-90-1" where 90 percent of eligible graduates get a job in their field of training within 90 days of graduation earning enough money on 1 wage to sustain a family of three. This is possible because the curriculum at LDSBC is market-driven and skills-based to land each student a job, not just a diploma.
SCHOLARSHIPS SCHOLARSHIPS ENABLE STUDENTS TO EXCEL
LeGrand Richards Service
The most intense and rewarding experience for many college-age men and women was gained on their mission. This includes confidence in their ability to learn and do hard things. LDSBC has established a service scholarship to motivate missionaries to apply for college quickly following their return--especially those who might not have planned well for their education.
Stella Harris Oaks Horizon of Hope
Single parents need two key things: a good job and time with family. Often, the stress of single parenthood puts these basic needs in opposition to each other--especially when more education is needed to get a job at a wage that will sustain a small family. LDSBC offers a solution: a marketdriven, skills-based education that affords flexibility for family needs, coupled with a scholarship designed for single parents.
BC Corps offers scholarships
In BC Corps, small groups of students develop solutions for local businesses. Students can participate on a new project every semester. Businesses tap low-cost but talented resources while providing students with hands-on experience and parttuition scholarships. These scholarships can be combined with other scholarships, making it possible for financially stressed students to virtually pay for their education as they go.
TO DONATE TO SCHOLARSHIPS for LDS Business College students, contact LDS Philanthropies at 801-240-3354 or visit give.ldsbc.edu. A full 100 percent of the funds you donate will go to students to help offset their educational costs.