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February 2016

By Susan Pohorski
According to National Public Radio , parents are paying “executive function coaches” up to $6,000 to help their high school students get organized and become more successful in school and ready for college. Isn't this something parents should be doing? There are four areas of focus you can...
By Susan Pohorski
College Promise programs are creating a lot of buzz throughout the country. President Obama has proposed to make two years of community college free for responsible adults and several Wisconsin technical colleges are offering Promise programs to meet students’ unmet financial needs. However, many...

January 2016

By Susan Pohorski
What if there was a way to increase the probability that your child would enroll in college, make a smooth transition and graduate? Would you take advantage of it? Researchers have found that students who take college-level courses while in high school enroll in college without delay, take more...
By Susan Pohorski
Like many other professions educators have their own acronyms and insider language that can be confusing to the individuals they are trying to serve. Have you heard a teacher or counselor mention CTE? This refers to Career and Technical Education. “What is that?” you ask. Evolution of terms In the...
By Susan Pohorski
Are you among the 79 percent of parents of prospective college students who are questioning the return on investment of a college education? According to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep and Money magazine, only one in five parents surveyed think the cost of a four-year college degree is worth “the...
By Nathan Bossow
If you or your child received an email offering a 25 percent discount to any Wisconsin college, I’m guessing a majority of you would assume the email was a scam. However, a 25 percent off discount to a Wisconsin college is within reach of almost every high school student in Wisconsin. Despite the...
By Susan Pohorski
If your family is more like Modern Family than Home Improvement be prepared to explain the complex relationships to the federal government when your student applies for college financial aid. For first time filers, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be daunting. When your...

December 2015

By Susan Pohorski
If you and your child are looking for careers with a bright future, consider the many occupations in Information Technology, or IT. As parents, our job is to prepare our children for the future. To help them learn the skills necessary to live their lives independently. We want them to be able to...
By Susan Pohorski
Your child wants to get a degree from a University of Wisconsin campus, but you want him or her to stay home for a few years to save money. So what are the options for students who start out at a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) school and transfer to a UW System school? Good news! There’s...

November 2015

By Susan Pohorski
false As a young person, I always assumed I would go to college. Both my parents went to private 4-year colleges and I just thought that’s what you do after high school. I didn’t really question it. What about your child? Is your teen following the same assumption? Or is he or she questioning 4-...

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