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January 2013

Just as many factors contributed to the current skills gap in Wisconsin, closing the gap requires the cooperative efforts of several entities. Observers in the media, government, education and business each have their own take on the situation. Some point to the aging workforce retiring without...

November 2012

The recent approval of a $79.8 million referendum for Western Technical College (Western) means four of the last four Wisconsin technical college referenda have been given the green light by voters. Taxpayers throughout the state have shown their support for quality, post-secondary education...
Taken in Madison, Wisconsin during Veteran's Day parade (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Veterans who faced challenges during their service return to Wisconsin with leadership skills that can be a great match for the education and training available through the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)...

October 2012

If you ask a typical elementary school student what they want to be when they grow up many will say a firefighter, police officer, teacher, nurse, doctor or NFL player. These are the careers they are exposed to in the media and in everyday life. When Joe Weitzer, dean of the Center for Business...

September 2012

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.
Still not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Or, are you in a job that doesn’t feel right for you? Whether you are 18 or 58 you can find out more about which careers might be a good fit for you by using the Career Interest Questionnaire . Your future starts here. Career Counseling - After...

August 2012

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...
Contract training through tech colleges develops skilled workers In recent discussions of the skills gap in Wisconsin some individuals blame employers for not investing in worker training. In truth, many employers are training their existing employees in cooperation with the Wisconsin Technical...

June 2012

With all the talk about the skills gap and many employers desperate to hire, you may be wondering what skills they are looking for and how you can learn these skills quickly. Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer many programs and certificates that take one year or less to complete and can result in...
A recent blurb at the very bottom of the editorial page in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acknowledges an oversight in a previous editorial, where the paper praises the UW System for launching a new dual enrollment program and simultaneously urges the technical colleges to follow suit and expand options for high school students. What the editorial board apparently didn't realize is that the technical colleges have offered dual enrollment programs for the past 30 years through programs like Youth Options and Youth Apprenticeships .

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