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By Erin Eagan
September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when our nation celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, with this year’s theme being: “Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future.” Before talking about the future, it’s imperative we talk...
You could be the answer to Wisconsin’s skills gap. Maybe you chose to go to work rather than pursue higher education after high school or chose to remain at home with your children. Now you are finding your opportunities limited, as technology brought huge changes to the workplace. It’s not too...
A recent blurb at the very bottom of the editorial page in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acknowledges an oversight in a previous editorial, where the paper praises the UW System for launching a new dual enrollment program and simultaneously urges the technical colleges to follow suit and expand options for high school students. What the editorial board apparently didn't realize is that the technical colleges have offered dual enrollment programs for the past 30 years through programs like Youth Options and Youth Apprenticeships .
Samuel Michael is a Wisconsin Technical College student and an intern for the Statewide Marketing Consortium. In a recent blog post by Jeffery King, an education blogger and social media expert for OPPapers.com, Mr. King explained the “5 Reasons Community Colleges Make Sense Right Now.” Those five reasons include: An easy transition from high school Great savings Advantages to living at home More time to think about your career path Boost your confidence Now, I would agree with Mr. King on most of these points, but I would add that they aren’t reasons that community colleges make sense now ; they are reasons that community colleges make sense. Period.
By Susan Pohorski
Where can you get help with your tax return, have your teeth cleaned, get a haircut or a massage, and get the oil changed in your car all in one place? At your local technical college. Wisconsin’s technical colleges give students real world job experience by offering services to the community at a...
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 a recent blog post Fox Valley Technical College president Dr. Susan May talks about bringing 'celebration season' to a close. Among the many celebratory events that took place at her college and the other 15 technical colleges in the state was the High School Completion event. In it, FVTC...
Every spring, the sixteen technical colleges select one of their respective students to become an ambassador and represent the college and perhaps the System. The colleges respectively nominate one student to represent them, and the System recognizes all 16 of them with their nominators and families in a formal event. Selection is based on a number of criteria, including the students' academic performance and activity at the college. The role of the ambassador can vary from one college to the next, but generally, they be asked to speak as a representative of the college and/or of the state. They may help give campus tours, speak to the board of trustees, media, etc.
Policies lagging to help maximize employment and fill skills gap Wisconsin unemployment figures peaked in 2009-2010, however technical college graduates continue to find employment in their fields and in relatively short time.
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