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March 2019

By Erin Eagan
Textbook costs have risen three times faster than the rate of inflation over the past 10 years, forcing many students to alter their course load, withdraw or simply not enroll. According to the 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey , 67% of postsecondary students did not purchase the...

February 2019

By Erin Eagan
In a highly competitive marketplace, employers are experiencing an increase in the time and energy it takes to fill job openings. While it’s easy to pinpoint the problem, finding a solution has proven much more difficult. A pipeline of potential future talent for your company could be a matter of...
By Erin Eagan
Besides seeking technical skills, today’s employers want workers who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, leaders and communicators. As today’s employers know, however, finding these types of qualified candidates can prove challenging. “It appears that candidates lack soft skills employers come...

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...

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