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February 2018


By Erin Eagan
sign-1781609_1280.jpg Companies that have become household names all started out with an idea and a dream. Steve Jobs started Apple in a garage. Mark Zuckerberg built what is now Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. But all around us there are everyday people who also had aspirations of starting...


By Erin Eagan
girl-3041375_1280.jpg In today’s climate, HR roles are constantly evolving. As new legislation and regulations are passed, HR professionals need to be at the forefront of change within their organizations. “With the challenges of a global competitive economy, now more than ever businesses are...

January 2018

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By Erin Eagan
apprenticeship blog.jpg In today’s landscape of skilled worker shortages, finding qualified candidates has become much more complicated than posting an ad online and waiting for a response. It’s time to think outside of the box to fill your company’s needs. To address the ongoing need for a highly...


By Erin Eagan
4color-tech-connect.png We are in the midst of a worker shortage in Wisconsin that will worsen as baby boomers retire and new jobs are created. No industry is immune to this worker shortage, with an unprecedented amount of positions going unfilled in health care, manufacturing, IT among others. And...

December 2017


By Erin Eagan
graduation-2349741_960_720.jpg As a parent, you have tremendous influence on the decisions your child makes regarding their future. After high school graduation, they are faced with choices such as attending a two-year or four-year college, going directly into the workforce, joining the military or...

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...