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April 2019


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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...

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...

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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

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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...

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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


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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...


Arborist climbing tree
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,...