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July 2019

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Early ed student from WITC
By Erin Eagan
The first eight years of a child’s life are the most important for brain development. Along with parents and caregivers, child care workers and early childhood educators are crucial to this cognitive development. They help ensure children are equipped with the necessary skills for future success...


By Erin Eagan
While decreasing slightly in the last few decades, a lack of gender balance in the labor market still rears its ugly head in certain professions. Elementary school teachers and dental hygienists are two female-dominated professions, for example, while men still occupy most plumbing and auto repair...

June 2019

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Fox Valley Tech student veteran
By Erin Eagan
During the transition from military to civilian life, Wisconsin’s veterans often pursue further education and training on their journey to a new career path. While the skills and discipline learned in the service can give them an edge in the job market, that isn’t always enough to guarantee success...

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Logan Smith, WITC
By Erin Eagan
Year after year, our student ambassadors continue to amaze us. They have faced their fears and are chasing their dreams. Each one of these students serves as a role model for others who face similar situations. This year’s class once again taught us some valuable lessons. In fact, there was so much...

May 2019

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By Erin Eagan
It’s graduation season at Wisconsin’s technical colleges, a time when we recognize the thousands of students who are educated, trained and ready to solve your employment needs. Each year, graduates from over 500 industry-driven programs in high-demand sectors enter the labor force prepared for...

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Angela Haney, GTC
By Erin Eagan
Every spring, one student ambassador is hand-selected from each of the 16 technical colleges in Wisconsin. These outstanding students are chosen because of their leadership, enthusiasm and commitment to their colleges and communities. They are the embodiment of perseverance and determination. As...

April 2019


WCTC student
By Erin Eagan
In the last 50 years, our demographics have shifted, and HR departments are being asked to increase workplace diversity to keep pace. While over half of the organizations surveyed by SHRM have a plan in place (57% of recruiters say their talent acquisition strategies are designed to attract diverse...


By Erin Eagan
The school year is coming to a close, and while kids may be bursting with excitement, parents are wondering how to keep them entertained during those long summer days. Rather than spend hours in front of a screen, offer them something that will keep them engaged and learning — while having fun!...

March 2019


student welding
By Erin Eagan
For over 100 years, Wisconsin’s technical colleges have been working with local employers and adapting to meet their changing needs. In today’s climate, with a shortage of skilled workers across a number of industries, these types of partnerships between employers and technical colleges are more...

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students and medical textbooks
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...