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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...
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...

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