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December 2013

By Susan Pohorski
On behalf of all Baby Boomer parents everywhere I want to apologize to our children. I’m sorry I said you could be whatever you want to be. I’m sorry I told you a four-year degree was the only way to get a good-paying career. I’m sorry I let you borrow all that money to spend on tuition. Now you...

November 2013

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...
By Susan Pohorski
After hearing a piece on NPR about the MasterChef Junior finale last Friday evening and finding myself home alone, I decided to check out the show. I had not watched previous episodes so I was totally amazed as I watched the two finalists choose ingredients and prepare their three-course meals...
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
At age 38, Jeannette Eauslin of Wausau was laid off from her job of 10 years because of the economy; she was out of work and wondering what to do next. She decided to prepare for a new career by enrolling in the radiography program at Northcentral Technical College. But with no job she needed...

October 2013

By Susan Pohorski
A recent study by the Wisconsin Technical College System found 46 percent of middle and high school parents mention technical colleges (unprompted) as a viable option for higher education. One in three parents said they would recommend a technical college for their sons and daughters. Although four...
By Susan Pohorski
Transferring from a Wisconsin technical college to a four-year college or university does not have to be difficult. If you already know your career goals require a bachelor’s degree, talk with your admissions counselor or academic advisor and plan accordingly. Even if you don’t have a specific...

September 2013

By Susan Pohorski
If you think manufacturing is dead or dark, dirty and dangerous you’re in for a surprise. Manufacturing employees operate high-tech, computerized machinery in clean, safe environments and in many cases earn more than the average Wisconsin private-sector workers. Come and see during Manufacturing...
We’ve all seen the lists of “Top Colleges for Science Majors,” “Best Party Schools,” “Best Value Schools,” or “Top Public Universities.” Are these really helpful when choosing an institution for higher education? What are the best criteria to use when making the choice? This week US News and World...

August 2013

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...

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