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By Susan Pohorski
Sure there will be family gatherings, football games to watch and shopping this weekend. However, you might also have some time to consider your future and explore your career choices. Even if you have a job, do you have a career? Is it a job you love? Or are you thinking there might be something...
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...
By Susan Pohorski
Jobs change when technology changes. Is your job the same as it was when you were hired? Few of us take a job and remain in that job for our whole career. Even if we did, the job will probably change. New technology, innovation and efficiency change how we do our work. So how do you keep up? Here...
Mark Tyler S. Mark Tyler, president of OEM Fabricators, Inc., wears many hats while he passionately shapes Wisconsin’s future. Tyler serves on the boards of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce , the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), the Wisconsin Technology Council and the West Central...
If you've read a newspaper or been online lately, chances are you've read about the skills shortage or the workforce paradox. The situation is frustrating manufacturers, vexing human resource managers and inhibiting economic recovery.
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...
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...
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As a system, however, we’re actually celebrating the fact that the technical colleges have been making futures for 100 years. Within the tradition of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges, much has changed, but our principles have remained the same. Our commitment to our industry and community partners keeps our colleges as vibrant and relevant as ever. These relationships help Wisconsin continue to compete with top states in manufacturing, agriculture, energy and the availability of skilled workers.
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...

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