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August 2013

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...
Planning new occupational programs for Wisconsin’s technical colleges is part prophetic, part research and part collaboration. In order to have skilled workers ready for employment just as the labor market needs them, college administrators have to look into the future with the help of employers...
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...

July 2013

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...
A lot of people are talking about wages in the skilled labor market these days. Some say low wages are the reason for the lack of qualified applicants for skilled jobs in Wisconsin. However, looking at starting salaries without accounting for potential growth in earnings can be shortsighted. Salary...

June 2013

During the summer many Wisconsin technical colleges provide opportunities for high school, middle school and even elementary school students to explore the latest technology and career opportunities. Youngsters can learn about engineering, law enforcement, robotics, manufacturing, wind and solar...

May 2013

Raise your hand if you are investing in Wisconsin. If you pay property taxes in the state, you are an investor in Wisconsin’s technical colleges. The return on that investment can be seen every day in the educated individuals who make our society function, from police officers and firefighters to...
Telling your child he or she can grow up and be anything they want to be could be doing them a disservice. Sure archeology sounds exciting, interesting and offers opportunities for travel, but how many unemployed archaeologists are there? According to Forbes, anthropology and archeology are the...

April 2013

Whether you are a high school student trying to decide what career to pursue or someone who took a career path and discovered it wasn’t right for you, the Career Interest Questionnaire can help. Are you someone who likes to operate machines and keep them in good repair? Maybe you are patient and...

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