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July 2014

By Susan Pohorski
Unlike the television show, you don’t have to compete to be an apprentice in Wisconsin. These on-the-job training and classroom education programs can lead to a highly-skilled occupation in two to five years without having to face Donald Trump. You do have to have an employer to get you started...
By Susan Pohorski
When my two daughters were toddlers, their grandmother started giving them U.S. savings bonds each year intending that they use the money for college. The $50 bonds take a while to reach maturity and with inflation the bonds didn’t amount to much more than the cost of purchasing books for the first...

June 2014

By Susan Pohorski
Just how many jobs are out there for Wisconsin technical college graduates? A look at the job openings posted by Wisconsin employers on the Wisconsin TechConnect website reveals skills employers are searching for. Graduates with marketing degrees have the most number of opportunities (3,500+)...
By Susan Pohorski
More students may choose to transfer between Wisconsin colleges and universities as a result of a new Universal Transfer Agreement between the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and the University of Wisconsin System. The agreement allows students to transfer credits from 11 general...

May 2014

A recent Gallup and Purdue University study, “Great Jobs Great Lives,” drew attention to long-term success and quality of life for college graduates. Researchers focused on worker engagement and well-being for 29,560 graduates across the U.S. However, the results do not reflect graduates of two-...
Are you planning to visit college campuses during the summer? Before you pack the car and fill the gas tank, make sure you do some basic research. College websites are a great place to start. Knowing more about a college will help you formulate better questions to ask once you get there and help...
Ashley Pieper will graduate from Nicolet College this month with a degree in Graphic Design. The road to her career achievement was long and winding with some wrong turns. Sometimes when you think you know what your dream job is, you’re wrong. “I don’t think I spent enough time talking to my high...
By Susan Pohorski
If you want to know what employers are looking for these days or what careers are most in demand, ask your local technical college. At least 54 percent of Wisconsin’s jobs in the next decade will require a technical college degree. Technical colleges keep their ears to the ground when it comes to...
Yes parents--summer is coming and then your child will be a senior. Is your son or daughter ready for their last year of high school? Here is a ‘to do’ list for you and your child: _____ Double check your schedule with your counselor. Have you met all your requirements for your senior year? _____...

April 2014

Wondering where to start in advising your child about future careers? Ty Jury, a guidance counselor at Waunakee Middle School, tells students and parents their career development is a “slinky” model rather than the traditional “ruler” model. “Just knowing the process by high school and where to...

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