EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- CVTC graduate Joseph Kriese wears love for the Green Bay Packers on his hat and on his shirt -- all together with his graduation gown. There is a reason behind it.
"I'm real excited to start," Kriese said about a new job he was just hired for.
He is getting ready to move to Green Bay and is taking up a position with the Green Bay Packers.
"It was definitely a dream offer; I never thought a 2 year degree would bring me this far," he said.
He will be working maintenance, HVAC, plumbing and fixing up all the odds and ends to help make sure you enjoy Packers games.
It is a job he found online and one he never thought he would get. Four interviews later he got an offer.
"I don't think anything could stop me now, I feel good about it," he said.
Career experts we talked with say the 432 students who graduated from CVTC on Friday night should feel very good about their future. Beth Mathison with Manpower says they will be in high demand.
"A lot of employers are actually standing in line to attract those new grads and they're begging them to come and work for them at their office," she said.
She says high-skilled jobs are in high demand.
"There are some companies that specifically do internships with those candidates a year before graduation so they can get them interested in coming to work for them," she said.
Margo Keys, VP of Student Services at CVTC, says healthcare and manufacturing are hot fields right now. She says colleges like CVTC have built up their programs to meet the demand.
"What we see is more mobility with our students and certainly the classroom has changed significantly with the higher tech," Keys said.
Whether it is the programs, the need for workers or a combination thereof, the bottom line is students getting two-year degrees are getting jobs.
Past surveys show 90% of CVTC's graduating classes are employed by January. 89% work in Wisconsin.
In the end Joseph Kriese got out of his program what he wanted: a ticket to work for the Packers.
"It's just as good as a four-year degree; I mean I landed my job with a two-year degree," he said.