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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
soft skills.jpg 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...

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. GTC.jpg Courtesy of Gateway Technical College A recent survey...


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,...

November 2018


CNC training technical college
By Erin Eagan
As the labor market tightens even further, Wisconsin employers are looking for new ways to fill job openings. One segment of our population employers are increasingly turning to is ex- criminal offenders, an unlikely talent pipeline that has proven to produce high-quality hires. In fact, research...

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By Erin Eagan
A high school education alone no longer guarantees a stable career. In today’s workforce, the majority of good-paying jobs require some postsecondary education or training. By 2020, the Georgetown CEW predicts that more than six out of 10 jobs will require skills and knowledge beyond what a high...