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Heavy Metal Tour at Nicolet College introduces students to manufacturing careers

Oct. 16, 2013

About 600 Northwoods 8th graders converged on the Nicolet College Campus recently for the 2nd annual Heavy Metal Tour to give the students a look at what it’s like to have a career in manufacturing.

“The idea was to give students a solid understanding of manufacturing and all of the different types of jobs that are available in the field,” said Teri Phalin, PK-16 coordinator at Nicolet. “The day went very well and it was great to see how excited the kids were to learn about the many different aspects of manufacturing.”

heavy metal tourShe noted the event this year attracted nearly twice as many students than the inaugural Heavy Metal Tour last year.

Over the course of the day students toured several different manufacturing facilities that included Superior Diesel, Oldenburg, Northstar Steel, Hypro, Northland Stainless, ABX, NEX, and CASE.

Students also attended presentations by professionals from Print Pack and Northland Stainless in the Nicolet College Theatre and toured and viewed demonstrations in the college’s Welding Lab.

“We wanted to make it a very active day and for them to see firsthand what working in a career in manufacturing was like,” Phalin added.

The event was created in partnership with the area manufacturers listed above, the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Fourteen area schools sent students to the event. These included Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Northland Pines, Arbor Vitae-Woodruff, Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk, Three Lakes, Phelps, Lac du Flambeau, Nativity, Wabeno, Elcho, Crandon, Laona and Mercer.