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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...

August 2018

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By Erin Eagan
WAT grant employee training.jpg Improving your company’s productivity and competitiveness requires an investment in employee training and development. To make funding that training easier, take advantage of employee training funds available through your local Wisconsin technical college. The...

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By Erin Eagan
Foxconn Technology Group recently launched its “Smart Cities – Smart Futures” initiative in which the company will provide up to $1 million in prizes over the next three years to students, faculty and staff at Wisconsin colleges who generate winning ideas for projects to help develop needed housing...

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By Erin Eagan
hospitality and tourism career.jpg 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...

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By Erin Eagan
Wisconsin TechConnect.jpg 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...

July 2018

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By Erin Eagan
computer-3368242_1920.jpg 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...

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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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