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November 2016

By Erin Eagan
Starting or continuing higher education while trying to hold down a job is no easy task, but it can be done. With the rising costs of college tuition and living expenses, millions of Americans are working while simultaneously taking classes. So whether you need to or want to work while you’re in...

October 2016

By Erin Eagan
Time flies when you’re a senior in high school. We know because we’ve all been there. There are decisions to be made, deadlines to be met, and it can feel very overwhelming to a teenager. As a parent, you can help alleviate some of this stress by getting the “life after high school” process started...
By Erin Eagan
October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin, when the spotlight shines brightly on an industry that accounts for $58 billion of the state’s annual economic output. Unfortunately, a recurring theme with Manufacturing Month over the years has been the industry’s struggle to find skilled workers in...

September 2016

By Erin Eagan
September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when our nation celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, with this year’s theme being: “Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future.” Before talking about the future, it’s imperative we talk...
By Erin Eagan
Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to employment, providing Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to land good-paying jobs. Recognizing this, in his 2014 State of the Union address President Obama included a call to action prioritizing apprenticeship training to help close America’s...

August 2016

By Erin Eagan
Obtaining a college degree or credential of some kind is becoming mandatory for high-paying jobs. This means high school graduates in all socioeconomic levels will be attending college in higher numbers. To help these and many other students and their parents pay for their education, the federal...
By Erin Eagan
As our economy stabilized after the Great Recession, the restaurant industry began a resurgence not seen in years. With so many new restaurants popping up nationwide, the culinary industry has been facing a surge in job openings — and a shortage of chefs and cooks to fill them. The shortage is felt...

July 2016

By Erin Eagan
Adult learners, also called non-traditional students, come from a variety of backgrounds — all with their own unique reasons for delayed enrollment. Some have been at home raising a family, while others have been in the workforce but are looking for a career change. Many never got the chance to go...
By Erin Eagan
It seems we are finally past the point of wondering, “Does a middle-skills gap exist in America?” Instead, we’re now asking, “How can we start to bridge America’s skills gap?” In a survey of 2,000 employers conducted by Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation ,...

June 2016

By Erin Eagan
College costs have climbed to record heights in the last decade with no signs of slowing down. Today, on average, in-state tuition for public four-year universities is close to $10,000 per year, not including room and board. Four-year private colleges are three times that cost. With tuition prices...

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