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September 2017

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By Erin Eagan
Photo courtesy of College Goal Wisconsin All students planning on going to college starting in the fall of 2018 should be filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Every college requires the FAFSA in order for a student to be considered for federal and state financial aid...


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By Erin Eagan
With the start of the fall semester, you may find your life right now is in total disarray. Balancing work, raising a family and attending classes at the same time can feel overwhelming… but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 10 apps designed to make your life easier by helping you get...

August 2017

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By Erin Eagan
Technical colleges offer students a solid return on investment — just ask the thousands of graduates who are working good-paying jobs in a field they love. Some of these graduates earned a diploma or technical certificate; others an associate degree. Another cross-section of students made the jump...

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By Erin Eagan
The American job landscape has drastically changed over the last 30 years. While some people are able to land good jobs right after high school, that number is rapidly declining. More and more, good jobs are requiring education and training beyond high school — but that isn’t limited to just those...

July 2017

By Erin Eagan
The thought of summer conjures up different ideas for people. For some, it truly is summer vacation — a time to relax and recharge. For others, it’s a time to get motivated and mark items off an ongoing “To Do” list. Both schools of thought are perfectly acceptable. I recently came across an...
By Erin Eagan
Technical college students vary in age, ethnicity and sociocultural background. One thing they all have in common, however, is a desire to better their lives through a rewarding career. It doesn’t matter how they got there or how long it took. A military veteran who has returned from active duty...

June 2017

By Erin Eagan
Every year, thousands of technical college graduates proudly receive their degrees and diplomas. Subsequently, thousands more will take their place on campus in hopes of achieving similar success. These students start out with dreams of finding a rewarding career and bettering their lives — and the...
By Erin Eagan
If you’re enrolled in college, first of all, congratulations! You’ve completed the first step in your journey to a fulfilling career. With the fall semester just a few months away, you’ve still got some time to make sure you are well-prepared for what you are about to embark upon. Whether you’re...

May 2017

By Erin Eagan
May 21-27 is EMS Week . It’s a time to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to serving the EMS professions. From dispatchers to EMTs, paramedics, police and fire department, they’re on the frontlines of day-to-day lifesaving services. We rarely expect to need the care of an EMS professional,...
By Erin Eagan
While decreasing in the last 30 years, under-representation — or a lack of gender balance in the labor market—still rears its ugly head in certain professions. Even today, elementary school teachers and dental hygienists are two female-dominated professions, while men still occupy most auto repair...