education

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.
In this economy where unemployment remains high and employers cite many environmental barriers to full employment, many technical college graduates are hanging their own shingle and establishing their own businesses. Entrepreneurship is on the rise and a technical college education helps many of...
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...
Every spring, the sixteen technical colleges select one of their respective students to become an ambassador and represent the college and perhaps the System. The colleges respectively nominate one student to represent them, and the System recognizes all 16 of them with their nominators and families in a formal event. Selection is based on a number of criteria, including the students' academic performance and activity at the college. The role of the ambassador can vary from one college to the next, but generally, they be asked to speak as a representative of the college and/or of the state. They may help give campus tours, speak to the board of trustees, media, etc.
One hundred years ago, while forming the legislation that established Wisconsin’s continuing education system, the first of its kind in the nation, Charles McCarthy studied the German technical education system. He modeled much of Wisconsin's career-focused education after the German system. Now, a...

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