Good news on the job front has been scarce of late—but not at Colby.

Career Center Director Roger Woolsey reports that as of June 30, 58 percent of the Class of 2011 already had jobs, 19 percent had been accepted to graduate programs, and another 3 percent had been awarded fellowships, including a Watson Foundation fellowship and Fulbright fellowships.

“This is a record,” Woolsey said.

At this time in 2010, a survey of the graduating class showed 54 percent employed, in what Woolsey termed a very good year in a very bad job market. This year experts predicted a better jobs climate, but that optimism wavered with national job numbers. According to Woolsey, the national job outlook for new college graduates worsened from January to June. But the outlook remained good from the perspective of Mayflower Hill.

There were more recruiters on campus, and Colby students took advantage of the opportunities. Three Colbians were hired by Barclays Capital from their internship program, and the company also hired three new undergraduate summer interns. Five graduates joined IBM Global Business Services for the Public Sector, and 13 were hired by the highly selective Teach for America, beating last year’s record number.

Woolsey reported that the Career Center established new relationships with Amazon, Belvedere Trading, Bessemer Trust, the Central Intelligence Agency, and some of the country’s top business consulting firms.