Zoua Vue is a few weeks away from completing the dentalassistant program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in GreenBay.
"Right now I work very part time because of school affairs, butthen they're looking to put me full time," Vue said.
Though Vue's employment at a dentist's office seems secure, manyof her classmates are working on resumes and looking for jobs.
"I do feel pretty fortunate that I have a job lined up already,"she said.
NWTC is seeing a need for people trained in manufacturing,agribusiness and health care, among other fields.
"Certainly the phone calls are still coming, people are stillposting positions," said Sandy Duckett, NWTC vice president ofcollege advancement. "I think it's probably more difficult than ithas been in the past, but we also provide career counseling as wellas how to build a successful resume."
It may be more difficult to find a job because it appearsemployers will be hiring fewer college grads. According to a recentNational Association of Colleges and Employers study, half thecompanies surveyed planned to hire fewer new college graduates inthe future.
Kathy Heinzen, director of the career center at LawrenceUniversity in Appleton, says the economic downturn is so recent,it's hard to know exactly how it will affect students finishingschool next month.
"I think that we seem to be in a wait-and-see mode," Heinzensaid. "Not all industries are experiencing the same effects, sothere's a good bit of variety in terms of how people areexperiencing the downturn in the economy."
"It feels pretty good to graduate," said Josh Huilar, who willgraduate from St. Norbert College in De Pere next month. "That'salways a good thing. As for the economic climate, it's kind ofscary in a sense because of course there's a lot of news in themedia about how major companies are cutting down on a lot of jobsand whatnot, so I guess that's a little bit of some reason to beconcerned, especially graduating in this kind of economicclimate."
The Lawrence University career center says it is noticing a slowand steady increase in the number of graduates who are enrolling ina service program such as the Peace Corps, after graduation.
UW-Oshkosh's third biodigester to create green energy is now officially open.
Fire destroyed a house in Kewaunee County Wednesday afternoon.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.