Eau Claire (WQOW) — Graduation for the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is Thursday, but some students are already in the workforce.
Cacie Michels and Amber Williams told News 18 they plan to walk across the stage for graduation, even though they both already have full-time positions at the new Marshfield Hospital.
"I never thought I’d graduate and have a job, full-time before I even walked across the stage," Michels said.
They, along with two of their other classmates, needed to accelerate their program to work at the hospital, meaning they had to do all the same work as others in the program, in less time.
"If you have passion for the career that you chose, then you just work really hard and don’t depend on others to do it for you, do it for yourself," Williams said.
Marshfield Hospital’s Regional Radiology Manager, Kris Monson, told News 18 they needed to fill a few empty positions, and looking to CVTC was natural since they work with the college through their clinical program.
CVTC’s Executive Dean of Health, Shelly Olson, said the college is proud whenever students are able to stay in the area.
"The director of radiology gave us a call and said, ‘we’re really going to need some graduates, is there anyway you’ll have graduates ready?’" Olson explained. "So, we accelerated the curriculum, and the students were all very willing to do that because they knew that there were jobs available right here, close to home."
Olson also told News 18 there are 24 radiology students graduating Thursday, and 23 already have jobs lined up, including the four who now work in the Marshfield radiology department.