Quick facts about business department graduates:
- 80% of graduates from the class of 2013 are already employed in a job related to their major.
- For the graduates from the last three years, 69% found jobs related to their major less than a year after graduating and 25% secured a job by the time they graduated. Nationally, only 40% of college graduates are employed in a job related to their major.
- Considering graduates from the last 10 years, 30% are employed in an accounting/finance position, 13% in a sales/marketing position, and 13% in a technology/software engineering position. Other business department graduates are employed in a variety of other business positions.
Cody Felton ’09
After graduation, Cody started working with his father and one other business partner in starting a new company called Wildlife Specialists, LLC. The company began doing wildlife surveys on endangered species in Pennsylvania for the windmill companies. The company now works for natural gas companies, pipelines, airports, and many other clients that require environmental surveys. The company has grown to employ more than 15 full-time employees and 30+ seasonal employees. Cody is the GIS and information technology specialist, CFO, and coordinates the daily operations of the business.
Ivannia Graber ’08
Ivannia is a Senior Analyst with Insight Accounting Group, PC.and has been with Insight for 5 years. She is a compliance specialist who is responsible for compilation, review, and audit engagements. She also prepares business and individual income tax returns. Outside of work Ivannia enjoys traveling, taking pictures, and scrapbooking. Ivannia was an Accounting and Business Information Systems double major.
Garrett Gingerich ’07
A recipient of an Entrepreneurial Learning Center grant in 2006, Garrett began “post-college life” running his own web and graphic design business. After both many successes and challenges, he now finds himself as part of a much larger advertising agency as Director of eMedia for Mishawaka-based Pathfinders Advertising and Marketing. His passion for design and well-rounded business principles enables him to lead the digital and interactive marketing team for the agency, while creating value for clients – anything from website and mobile app development, to social media and email marketing. Garrett is also heavily involved in his local community by serving on boards and committees, and volunteering with organizations such as the Young Professionals Against Poverty, Center for the Homeless, On the River, Young Professionals Network South Bend/Mishawaka, St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, ArtBeat, and Junior Achievement.
Peter Widmer ’07
Peter is the Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for Power Takeoff. Power Takeoff is an energy management reporting service (monthly, daily, 15 minute and 1 minute intervals) which allows businesses and institutions to identify saving opportunities. Power Takeoff customers use the energy reports to monitor energy operations or budget energy costs. Peter completed his MBA degree from George Washington University in March 2013. When he is not working, Peter enjoys spending time with friends attending sporting events, hiking, skiing, and reading the newspaper.
Jessica Yoder ’05
Jessica is an Audit Manager for McDonald Jacobs, P.C. and an Oregon CPA with over seven years of experience in public accounting with expertise in nonprofit organizations, manufacturing and closely held businesses. Jessica works with some of the firm’s 100 nonprofit clients ranging from soup kitchens to symphonies carrying out audits and reviews. Jessica is also responsible for overseeing training of staff accountants on a daily basis. Jessica is the firm’s data extraction expert and oversees training for the firm’s employees through workshops and on the job training. Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Accounting, minors in Business and Business Information Systems from Goshen College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Wade Ebersole ’01
Wade Ebersole, MHA, is employed by VA San Diego Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a Health Systems Specialist for one of the largest systems in the Veterans Health Administration, a system with an annual operating budget of $550 million and 111,000 enrolled patients. In the private sector his position would be characterized as a Health Administrator. Wades’s primary functions include strategic planning, project management, clinical operations, systems redesign and staff support for the Chief Executive Officer. He is the program lead for Operation Stand Down, a targeted event that provides a wide range of medical and social services to homeless veterans in the San Diego area. When Wade is not at work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling with his wife Sara and hiking in dog friendly places in San Diego.
Wade also shared, “Goshen College provided the technical, professional and social baseline needed to function in the public and private sector. I use the tools that were developed and refined at GC on a daily basis. It is hard to imagine having the same level of success without my degree from Goshen. I would recommend, without hesitation, the Business Department at GC to any prospective student.”
Karla J. Myers ’95
Karla is currently employed as Operations Manager with Franconia Insurance & Financial Services LLC. Her job responsibilities include developing and overseeing the agency’s procedures, service standards, and workflows, staff work load, managing the client database, and training of staff. When not working Karla is involved in activities and volunteering at her church, is a member of Rotary International, and enjoys continuing the family tradition of piecing quilts and hand quilting.