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August 2018

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By Erin Eagan
The hospitality/tourism industry plays a vital role in our state’s economy, topping $20.6 billion in 2017, a $631 million increase from 2016. “Hospitality and tourism in Wisconsin is an economic powerhouse,” says Dr. Lynea LaVoy, Hospitality Management Program Director and Instructor at Madison...

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By Erin Eagan
In a tight job market, companies are scrambling to try and find the right people to fill their job openings, especially when it comes to careers such as electricians, early childhood teachers, dental hygienists, radiation therapists, paralegals and others. These types of vacancies represent nearly...

July 2018

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By Erin Eagan
As worker shortages reach unprecedented levels and the skills gap widens, it’s more important than ever for educators and employers to coordinate their efforts in training tomorrow’s workforce. As an employer, you can play a critical role in the changing needs of your organization as well as the...

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By Erin Eagan
Parents, did you know that your children can begin working toward a college degree or technical certificate while still in high school? The Start College Now program, formerly Youth Options, allows qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses through their local...

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By Erin Eagan
This article originally appeared in the July 2018 WI SHRM Monthly State Council Newsletter. The growing opioid epidemic has reached crisis levels. Opioid pain relievers are now the most widely prescribed, and highly abused, prescription drug in the U.S. This disturbing trend has also been...

June 2018

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By Erin Eagan
Worker shortage is a primary concern of businesses across the state. Companies that once had to cut positions during the recession are now saddled with more job openings than skilled workers to fill them. With this worker shortage expected to worsen in the next decade, the Wisconsin Economic...

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By Erin Eagan
Graduates of technical colleges are in higher demand than ever before. The proof is in the annual Graduate Outcomes Report released by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). This year’s report is based on a survey of more than 17,491 individuals who graduated from a Wisconsin technical...

May 2018

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By Erin Eagan
With tuition costs continuously on the rise, it’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college tuition. Planning well in advance can help relieve the financial burden of post-secondary education later on down the line. While it may seem the easiest way to start a college fund is to set...

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By Erin Eagan
The question is often posed to our children: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s asked half-heartedly by adults who are expecting responses like astronaut, professional athlete or super hero. But in all seriousness, an earnest discussion on career-related topics with a child even before...

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By Erin Eagan
Graduation season is upon us at Wisconsin’s technical colleges, so it’s the perfect time to recognize the talent and potential of technical college students and solve your employment needs. Each year, graduates from over 500 industry-driven programs in high-demand sectors enter the labor force...

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