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January 2019

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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...


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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


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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...

October 2018

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By Erin Eagan
campus recruitment.jpg In such a competitive market for finding talent, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve to land the top prospects in your field. An effective way to connect with your future workforce and gain an advantage is one-on-one interaction through on-campus recruitment at a local...


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By Erin Eagan
robotics.jpg For over 25 years, youth apprenticeship programs have been connecting Wisconsin’s employers to the future workforce. Youth apprenticeships give employers the opportunity to mentor eager high school juniors and seniors as they explore future careers. They create an ideal environment for...

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By Erin Eagan
Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 10.24.17 AM.png Photo courtesy of College Goal Wisconsin Any student planning on going to college starting in the fall of 2019 should be filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Every college requires the FAFSA in order for a student to be...

September 2018

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By Erin Eagan
record debt blog.jpg The burden of student loan debt leaves many current and future college students worried they won’t be able to support themselves once they graduate — and unfortunately for many of them, there is reason to worry. According to LendEDU , Wisconsin grads carry an average of nearly...

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By Erin Eagan
college student identity theft.jpg During the school year, your minds are pre-occupied with worries about classes, bills and maybe even work and family responsibilities. But don’t let these become distractions leaving you vulnerable to preying identity thieves. Not only are your money and assets at...