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August 2019

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STWC student at computer
By Erin Eagan
SWTC DSC_9035.jpg Courtesy of SWTC Cyber attacks can occur at any time, and no one is immune. Just ask the hundreds of millions who were affected by the breaches of Yahoo, Marriott Hotels and Equifax. In today’s digital world, network attacks, identity theft and data breaches are, unfortunately,...


By Erin Eagan
NTC.jpeg Courtesy of Northcentral Technical College Despite progress in the last few decades, gender underrepresentation in certain professions still lingers. Last year, for example, women represented only 6 percent of all truck drivers. Men, meanwhile, represented just 2.3 percent of preschool and...

July 2019

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Early ed student from WITC
By Erin Eagan
WITC_early ed.png Courtesy of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 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...


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
FVTC Casey Britten - FVTC2019_Veterans.JPG Courtesy of Fox Valley Technical College 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...

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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. Grad outcomes 2018.png Each year, graduates from over 500 industry-driven programs in high-demand sectors enter the labor...

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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


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By Erin Eagan
WCTC_diversity.jpg Courtesy of WCTC 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...


By Erin Eagan
Moraine Park.png Courtesy of Moraine Park 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...