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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 .
Samuel Michael is a Wisconsin Technical College student and an intern for the Statewide Marketing Consortium. In a recent blog post by Jeffery King, an education blogger and social media expert for OPPapers.com, Mr. King explained the “5 Reasons Community Colleges Make Sense Right Now.” Those five reasons include: An easy transition from high school Great savings Advantages to living at home More time to think about your career path Boost your confidence Now, I would agree with Mr. King on most of these points, but I would add that they aren’t reasons that community colleges make sense now ; they are reasons that community colleges make sense. Period.

May 2012

We’re listening and we’re taking action. That’s the message of the “Working Wisconsin Listening Sessions” taking place at Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Beginning May 16 each college will host a 90-minute event with Jim Morgan, president of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Foundation...

April 2012

Parents have significant influence on their son's or daughter’s decision about post- secondary education. However, they walk a fine line between advising and dictating when it comes to this important step toward a future career. John Pritchett of the Waukesha County Technical College Career...

March 2012

By Susan Pohorski
Where can you get help with your tax return, have your teeth cleaned, get a haircut or a massage, and get the oil changed in your car all in one place? At your local technical college. Wisconsin’s technical colleges give students real world job experience by offering services to the community at a...

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