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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

June 2014


Can’t find skilled workers? Wisconsin businesses can often shop close to home

At Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, a Health Simulation and Technology Center recently opened to help train medical assistants, health information technicians, and more. Eight new robotic welding units are humming at the college’s Oshkosh campus. The college runs seven automotive and truck training programs, an apprenticeship program for building trades, an agricultural training center, a culinary arts program, and an array of offerings for advanced manufacturing careers.

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What makes for a successful entrepreneur? Some advice from those who’ve been there

What makes an entrepreneur successful? Countless books, articles, blogs, and videos have explored that question, as well as scholarly works that have identified common traits spanning time, technology, and market trends.

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In a post-coal era, energy options include wind from the west

In the western Wisconsin community of Holmen, just north of La Crosse, fifth-graders from Evergreen Elementary recently chimed in on the debate over where — and if — the Badger-Coulee transmission line should be built. The students’ concerns, voiced in letters written for a class research project, ranged from playground safety (one child worried that kickballs couldn’t be retrieved from a “no-man’s land” near the 345-kilovolt line) to the loss of nearby pine trees that help define the school.

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Getting behind Wisconsin’s business startup figures: Which companies matter most?

With a fresh crop of winners in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, some enthusiastic out-of-state investors, and more than 500 people buzzing about the latest trends, you would never have guessed from last week’s Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference that the state lags in company startups.

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Higher education still has economic value, but debt levels test credibility

Real or faked, a “Dear University Alumni Office” letter on tickld.com is making the rounds. It’s from an anonymous college graduate who responds to a fundraising appeal from his alma mater by complaining he can’t contribute more than $3. Why? He’s digging out of tuition debt piled up while pursuing a degree that has yet to land him a job.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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