A recent blurb at the very bottom of the editorial page in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acknowledges an oversight in a previous editorial. The paper praises the UW System for launching a new dual enrollment program and simultaneously urges the technical colleges to follow suit and expand options for high school students. What the editorial board apparently didn't realize is that the technical colleges have offered dual enrollment programs for the past 30 years through programs like Youth Options and Youth Apprenticeships .
Samuel Michael is a Wisconsin Technical College student and an intern for the Statewide Marketing Consortium. In a recent blog post by Jeffery King, an education blogger and social media expert for OPPapers.com, Mr. King explained the “5 Reasons Community Colleges Make Sense Right Now.” Those five reasons include: An easy transition from high school Great savings Advantages to living at home More time to think about your career path Boost your confidence Now, I would agree with Mr. King on most of these points, but I would add that they aren’t reasons that community colleges make sense now ; they are reasons that community colleges make sense. Period.
It's been more than a decade since I first graduated from a Wisconsin Technical College . I attended full-time for two years while working two jobs and one unpaid internship. What I got out of attending a technical college was much more than just a piece of paper saying I attended.
The days of leaving high school and finding gainful employment without further education or training are behind us. That’s the message of “The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Post-Recession Economy, a report released by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Many of the jobs that have been lost or eliminated in the past few years were low-skill, middle wage positions. According to the report, the opportunities expected for new jobs and job retirements will need postsecondary education or training.
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As a system, however, we’re actually celebrating the fact that the technical colleges have been making futures for 100 years. Within the tradition of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges, much has changed, but our principles have remained the same. Our commitment to our industry and community partners keeps our colleges as vibrant and relevant as ever. These relationships help Wisconsin continue to compete with top states in manufacturing, agriculture, energy and the availability of skilled workers.
In a recent blog post Fox Valley Technical College president Dr. Susan May talks about bringing 'celebration season' to a close. Among the many celebratory events that took place at her college and the other 15 technical colleges in the state was the High School Completion event. In it, FVTC...