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By Erin Eagan
It seems we are finally past the point of wondering, “Does a middle-skills gap exist in America?” Instead, we’re now asking, “How can we start to bridge America’s skills gap?” In a survey of 2,000 employers conducted by Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation ,...
By Susan Pohorski
Even if you don’t live on a farm or in a rural community, your children could choose agribusiness as a career. Why should they consider a career related to agriculture? This past week I attended the National Ag Day celebration at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) and here is what I...
With four children, my parents had quite a team of helpers around our home. A chart on the refrigerator told us what our jobs were for the week: setting the table, clearing the table, putting dishes in the dishwasher or sweeping the floor. There was even a step stool so my youngest brother could...
The future of higher education in America must include adult career pathways, according to Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Foy recently spoke on Blogtalkradio about the importance of adult career pathways to potential students and employers. “This is the...
Planning new occupational programs for Wisconsin’s technical colleges is part prophetic, part research and part collaboration. In order to have skilled workers ready for employment just as the labor market needs them, college administrators have to look into the future with the help of employers...
Raise your hand if you are investing in Wisconsin. If you pay property taxes in the state, you are an investor in Wisconsin’s technical colleges. The return on that investment can be seen every day in the educated individuals who make our society function, from police officers and firefighters to...
Telling your child he or she can grow up and be anything they want to be could be doing them a disservice. Sure archeology sounds exciting, interesting and offers opportunities for travel, but how many unemployed archaeologists are there? According to Forbes, anthropology and archeology are the...
A recent survey by CareerBuilder.com revealed that job seekers are operating under a false view of themselves. Employers are rejecting them because they don’t have the requisite skills, but they aren’t communicating that. According to the survey employers only inform 12 percent of candidates that...
Just as many factors contributed to the current skills gap in Wisconsin, closing the gap requires the cooperative efforts of several entities. Observers in the media, government, education and business each have their own take on the situation. Some point to the aging workforce retiring without...
Two-thirds of all jobs in the next ten years will require education beyond high school, but not a four-year degree. This message is not resonating with our future workforce yet because not enough young people in Wisconsin are pursuing skilled occupations. Do they realize what they are missing out...

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