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November 2017

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By Erin Eagan
This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week — an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the benefits of apprenticeships in preparing skilled workers to meet the growing needs of employers. Across a variety of industries nationwide, the skills gap has reached unprecedented levels. According...

October 2017


By Erin Eagan
Despite some perceptions that manufacturing is a man’s career (at least traditionally), a large number of women during World War II worked in manufacturing. These women were the wives, sisters and daughters of men who enlisted in the armed forces, leaving vacant positions behind. It was during that...

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By Erin Eagan
October is Manufacturing Month, a time when we celebrate an industry that employs more than 470,000 people in Wisconsin and drives the state’s economy. It’s also a time to promote manufacturing as a potential career, as it continues to be an industry struggling to fill jobs as baby boomers retire...

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...