career exploration

By Erin Eagan
The school year is coming to a close, and while kids may be bursting with excitement, parents are wondering how to keep them entertained during those long summer days. Rather than spend hours in front of a screen, offer them something that will keep them engaged and learning — while having fun!...
By Erin Eagan
The hospitality/tourism industry plays a vital role in our state’s economy, topping $20.6 billion in 2017, a $631 million increase from 2016. “Hospitality and tourism in Wisconsin is an economic powerhouse,” says Dr. Lynea LaVoy, Hospitality Management Program Director and Instructor at Madison...
By Erin Eagan
In a tight job market, companies are scrambling to try and find the right people to fill their job openings, especially when it comes to careers such as electricians, early childhood teachers, dental hygienists, radiation therapists, paralegals and others. These types of vacancies represent nearly...
By Erin Eagan
Parents, did you know that your children can begin working toward a college degree or technical certificate while still in high school? The Start College Now program, formerly Youth Options, allows qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses through their local...
By Erin Eagan
The question is often posed to our children: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s asked half-heartedly by adults who are expecting responses like astronaut, professional athlete or super hero. But in all seriousness, an earnest discussion on career-related topics with a child even before...
By Erin Eagan
The school year is winding down and before you know it, your children will have nothing but time on their hands. So why not make the most of it by keeping them engaged and learning while having fun? Several of Wisconsin’s technical colleges are hosting camps, workshops and other events around the...
By Erin Eagan
Despite some perceptions that manufacturing is a man’s career (at least traditionally), a large number of women during World War II worked in manufacturing. These women were the wives, sisters and daughters of men who enlisted in the armed forces, leaving vacant positions behind. It was during that...
By Erin Eagan
October is Manufacturing Month, a time when we celebrate an industry that employs more than 470,000 people in Wisconsin and drives the state’s economy. It’s also a time to promote manufacturing as a potential career, as it continues to be an industry struggling to fill jobs as baby boomers retire...
By Erin Eagan
May 21-27 is EMS Week . It’s a time to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to serving the EMS professions. From dispatchers to EMTs, paramedics, police and fire department, they’re on the frontlines of day-to-day lifesaving services. We rarely expect to need the care of an EMS professional,...
By Erin Eagan
Summer is the time for children to recharge after a long school year. But for some, that time can also be used to get a jumpstart on their futures. Many colleges around the state offer summer camps, workshops and other events to help middle and high school students explore potential careers. In...

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