skills

By Susan Pohorski
If you want to know what employers are looking for these days or what careers are most in demand, ask your local technical college. At least 54 percent of Wisconsin’s jobs in the next decade will require a technical college degree. Technical colleges keep their ears to the ground when it comes to...
NWTC students used their team-building and problem solving skills to organize a successful fundraising event. Photo by Megan McCray On a frigid Green Bay morning, a group of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) classmates learned that a 3.1-mile run could change a child’s life. NWTC Team...
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...
While many employers are desperately seeking “skilled workers” they also want employees who can communicate well, resolve conflicts, solve problems, work well with others and show up on time. Wisconsin technical colleges have found ways to teach both technical skills and these “soft skills.” Soft...
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...
We’re listening and we’re taking action. That’s the message of the “Working Wisconsin Listening Sessions” taking place at Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Beginning May 16 each college will host a 90-minute event with Jim Morgan, president of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Foundation...
Many writers, economists and business experts say to address the “skills gap” technical education and manufacturing need an image boost. Students and parents need to see technical careers as clean, well-paying jobs that require more brains than brawn. Bravo to the Greater Madison Chamber of...
It's been more than a decade since I first graduated from a Wisconsin Technical College . I attended full-time for two years while working two jobs and one unpaid internship. What I got out of attending a technical college was much more than just a piece of paper saying I attended.
The days of leaving high school and finding gainful employment without further education or training are behind us. That’s the message of “The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Post-Recession Economy, a report released by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Many of the jobs that have been lost or eliminated in the past few years were low-skill, middle wage positions. According to the report, the opportunities expected for new jobs and job retirements will need postsecondary education or training.
In this economy where unemployment remains high and employers cite many environmental barriers to full employment, many technical college graduates are hanging their own shingle and establishing their own businesses. Entrepreneurship is on the rise and a technical college education helps many of...

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