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January 2019

By Erin Eagan
Foxconn Technology Group has announced round one winners from its Smart Cities — Smart Futures competition, recognizing the most innovative ideas to help develop needed housing, infrastructure and other systems in southeastern Wisconsin. A panel of 50 judges evaluated 325 submissions and selected...
By Erin Eagan
Technical college students come from all walks of life. A single mother who wants to further her education and begin a career in finance follows a distinctly different path than an 18-year-old starting a manufacturing apprenticeship. Each is unique, but together they share a common goal — to better...

December 2018

By Erin Eagan
The cost of living increases and other demands have left many college students and their families struggling financially. Oftentimes, they are left having to choose between paying for college or meeting basic needs like food and housing. A recent survey conducted by the Wisconsin Hope Lab found...
By Erin Eagan
Did you climb trees as a child? For many of us, it brings back fond memories. Did you know you could do it for a living as part of a rewarding career? If you love nature and the outdoors, a career in Arboriculture/Urban Forestry could be the career choice for you. An industry rising in demand,...

November 2018

By Erin Eagan
As the labor market tightens even further, Wisconsin employers are looking for new ways to fill job openings. One segment of our population employers are increasingly turning to is ex- criminal offenders, an unlikely talent pipeline that has proven to produce high-quality hires. In fact, research...
By Erin Eagan
A high school education alone no longer guarantees a stable career. In today’s workforce, the majority of good-paying jobs require some postsecondary education or training. By 2020, the Georgetown CEW predicts that more than six out of 10 jobs will require skills and knowledge beyond what a high...

October 2018

By Erin Eagan
In such a competitive market for finding talent, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve to land the top prospects in your field. An effective way to connect with your future workforce and gain an advantage is one-on-one interaction through on-campus recruitment at a local technical college. By...
By Erin Eagan
For over 25 years, youth apprenticeship programs have been connecting Wisconsin’s employers to the future workforce. Youth apprenticeships give employers the opportunity to mentor eager high school juniors and seniors as they explore future careers. They create an ideal environment for employers to...
By Erin Eagan
Any student planning on going to college starting in the fall of 2019 should be filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Every college requires the FAFSA in order for a student to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs, grants, low-interest student...

September 2018

By Erin Eagan
The burden of student loan debt leaves many current and future college students worried they won’t be able to support themselves once they graduate — and unfortunately for many of them, there is reason to worry. According to LendEDU , Wisconsin grads carry an average of nearly $30,000 in student...

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