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July 2018

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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
college savings plan.jpg 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...


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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...

April 2018


BTC Battle Bots Camp
By Erin Eagan
Special-SummerCamp-BattleBots.jpg Courtesy of Blackhawk Technical College The school year is winding down and before you know it, your children will have nothing but time on their hands. So why not make the most of it by keeping them engaged and learning while having fun? Several of Wisconsin’s...

March 2018

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By Erin Eagan
In a rapidly changing environment, employers allowing their organizations to fall behind in training is no longer an option. Keeping pace with this type of change requires an ongoing investment in training and development. By partnering with Wisconsin’s technical colleges, industry leaders are not...

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By Erin Eagan
Statewide, Wisconsin’s technical colleges celebrated Ag Day on March 20 with activities, demonstrations and guest speakers. Industry experts from all across the state gathered to discuss the emergence of new technologies and the importance of maintaining a skilled workforce. Similar to the...