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July 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Your friends, family members and business contacts can be a great starting point for your child’s career exploration. When you introduce your child to a new person be sure to say something about the work that person does. Another way to make your child aware of different careers is to take them for...
By Susan Pohorski
When you plan college visits for you and your high school student, don’t just pass by technical colleges. Stop in. You might be surprised at what you see. Today’s technical colleges have kept up with the times in technology, facilities and equipment and in campus perks like exercise facilities,...
By Susan Pohorski
It’s an age-old problem that has challenged teachers forever. How do you keep students awake and engaged in a classroom setting? Several Elkhorn High School students took on this problem as the capstone project for their Engineering Design Development class. The students conducted research,...
By Susan Pohorski
Are you looking for a college with great academics and fun campus life too? Kayla Ebert goes to a college where there are baseball, volleyball and kickball games. Her campus has bingo days, casino days, comedy shows and concerts. She also enjoys Lunch ‘N Learn programs on subjects like interviewing...

June 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Even though mortgage rates are good right now and rents are high, young people are not buying homes at the rate they used to. Why? One reason is they have too much student loan debt or they can’t get a good paying job. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, home ownership rates for the United States...
By Susan Pohorski
The mother of a soon-to-be high school student recently admitted she doesn’t want her daughter to go to high school. She’s afraid of what her sweet girl will become, afraid of the changes as teens struggle to separate from their parents and become more independent. Her confession started a lively...

May 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Often teens don’t know what they want to do as adults because they were not exposed to different careers when they were young. Career exploration can begin with a preschool picture book. Bob the Builder is not the only career role model for young children. Many children’s books feature characters...
By Susan Pohorski
Never having boys, I thought all high school males only speak in one- or two-word sentences, rarely to adults and only about video games or sports. Well, I was wrong. Recently I went to an event that shattered that image. The young men wore neckties and sport coats, and shook hands with each other...

April 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Brennan Schweiner and Marcus Kolarik, juniors at Denmark High School, earned 5 credits from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) while learning basic welding, CNC (computer numeric controlled) milling and coding skills. The students learned more than skills. They learned real-world problem...
By Susan Pohorski
STEM, (science, technology, engineering and math), is the wave of the future in education and employment. It is a priority for the President of the United States and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If you haven’t heard about STEM yet, you will very soon. In 2013, the Committee on...

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