Entrepreneurs help make their own futures and the state’s

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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 our state’s successful proprietors make their own futures.

In addition to specific courses in Small Business Entrepreneurship and Small Business Training, many other courses offered at Wisconsin Technical Colleges provide the skills and resources for successful business ownership. Instructors who have found success on their own mentor students whether they want to employ others or find employment for themselves.

Mark Senti, graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College, earned a degree in Electromechanical Technology. After several years of working for Cray Research he co-founded two high-tech companies.

Mark says CVTC gave him fundamental skills including problem solving, communication and a thirst for lifelong learning.

Debra Lash earned a degree in marketing at Western Technical College in 1990. She owns The Wedding Tree, a LaCrosse bridal shop. Debra attributes the instructor relationships and core education she experienced as vital to her success.

A few years after graduating from Moraine Park Technical College with a degree in marketing, Mark Hopper started Hopper’s Silk Screening, a Fond du Lac business-serving customers all over the world. Mark gained skills like business planning, economics, accounting and marketing which he uses in his business.

Eddie Ibarra initially earned a degree in nursing from Southwest Tech. After serving in the military he wanted to continue helping others recognized a specific need in his community. Eddie started Ibarra’s Nursing Services to offer care for quadriplegic clients.

There are many more stories of students like these with the initiative, the motivation and the skills to build their own successful futures. For those with the concept, the drive and the technical college education, entrepreneurs are  increasingly critical to Wisconsin’s economic success.