Help students discover good-paying careers that don’t require a four-year degree

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 on? These jobs are available now. They pay good salaries, from $30,000 to $60,000 per year. And if you are not paying huge student loans you’ll have more take-home pay to enjoy.

Employers often provide training programs or workers can attend low-cost technical college programs. Students usually complete these programs in two years or less.

Skilled manufacturing jobs provide security.  Despite layoffs of the past manufacturing has great potential in Wisconsin. Business leaders are saying that if they can find more skilled employees they will have plenty of work for them to do.

Often times, the individuals laid off from manufacturing jobs are not prepared for the current high-skilled jobs. Essentially, technology left them behind. A high school diploma is no longer enough for today’s job market.

If you know a high school student who is pondering career paths ask if they have considered working in a skilled or technical occupation. Encourage him/her to include technical colleges in their list of campus visits. Inform them of the current job openings in your community. You can start by visiting or