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March 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Which high school students practice, work together, compete and wear uniforms, receive scholarships, but are not on sports teams? They are members of student organizations such as DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA and Skills USA. Members of these organizations gain confidence, leadership skills,...

February 2015

By Susan Pohorski
Do you remember helping out in the kitchen, licking the beaters while your mother or dad made cookies? You probably had to put on an apron and step up on a stool to reach the counter when you poured ingredients into the bowl. When I was in high school, my job was making salad for dinner. I loved...

January 2015

We parents want the best for our children. We want them to grow up to be productive members of society with the ability to have a satisfying career that provides for themselves and their future families. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month is a great time to start your child on his or her...
By Susan Pohorski
You want your children to be prepared for college and a career, right? College and career readiness requires both knowledge and skills. Career and Technical Education (CTE) not only teaches skills for specific career fields, it also teaches skills for life. What are the benefits of CTE? Students...
By Susan Pohorski
What year did you graduate from high school? Were you a member of the class of 1985 with The Breakfast Club or 1986 like Ferris Bueller? Let’s take a trip back in time like Marty McFly. In the 1980s, technology made many careers obsolete. Punch card data entry, fax machine operator, telephone...

December 2014

By Susan Pohorski
As your children mature and become less dependent maybe it is time to think about your own dreams and career. When you don’t have to spend every waking hour tending to your children’s needs, you can stop for a few moments and think about your own needs and desires. When her children were both in...
By Kyle Schwarm
We have all seen this course of events. Someone we know has earned a four-year degree but they are now bagging groceries or waiting on tables to make a living. A growing number of economists, employers and academics say the post secondary education system in the U.S. is producing too many four-year...
By Susan Pohorski
How will you spend the last week of 2014? Many of you will sleep in and spend hours playing video games or binge watching Family Guy or Pretty Little Liars . Hopefully, you will find some time to get off the couch and go outside for some physical exercise. (Skiing anyone?) After you check your...
By Susan Pohorski
We want our kids to have a variety of experiences and provide them with opportunities to explore their interests and abilities. So we enroll them in music lessons, sports, scouting and other extra curricular activities. But when does this become too much? Yes, there are benefits to team sports like...

November 2014

By Susan Pohorski
Less than half of the states in the U.S. teach financial literacy in grades K-12. In Wisconsin, only 44 percent of school districts require a course in financial literacy. Parents: it’s up to you to teach your kids how to manage money. If these past few years have taught us anything, it is that we...

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