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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...
By Erin Eagan
Let’s be honest, parents. You love your children, but that doesn’t mean you want them living at home well into their 20s. You want them to learn the skills for today’s job market. In a recent survey, Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges asked parents of middle and high school students what they wanted...

May 2016

By Kyle Schwarm
The number of middle and high school parents who are open to their children attending a technical college is trending upward, but many parents are still defaulting to the four-year track. Research conducted with more than 600 parents across all 72 Wisconsin counties, shows more than 68 percent of...

April 2016

By Erin Eagan
Parents often tell their children they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. A rocket scientist? Sure. A world-famous surgeon? No problem. ‘The world is your oyster,’ they say. But is it really? Not necessarily, according to psychologist and parent educator Dr. Erica Reischer. Author...
By Robin Gee
Summers can be a time for rest and relaxation, but a few months spent wisely can give high school and even middle school students a boost to build college-level skills, explore potential careers or, in that final summer before college, to hit the ground running in the fall. A little preparation can...

March 2016

By Robin Gee
Graduates with study abroad experience on their resumes land their first jobs faster, earn higher starting salaries and are more likely to find jobs within their field, according to “ The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduate’s Careers ,” a survey by the Institute for the...

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