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Manufacturing in Motion van to visit Northwoods communities in October

Sept. 27, 2016

Nicolet College will take a preview of its Welding and Manufacturing programs on the road in October to give interested individuals the chance to learn about careers in these high-demand fields.

Nicolet’s new Manufacturing in Motion van, complete with a high-tech welding simulator for people to try, will visit several area communities. All stops will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include:

- Tomahawk – Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Nelson’s County Market, 662 N. Fourth St.

- Crandon – Thursday, Oct. 13 at Schaefer’s IGA, 600 E. Pioneer St.

- Rhinelander – Monday, Oct. 17 at Walmart, 2121 Lincoln St.

- Eagle River – Wednesday, Oct. 19, Trig’s, 925 E. Wall St.

Manufacturing Van“There’s strong job demand across the Northwoods for individuals with solid manufacturing skills,” said Jeff Labs, dean of Trade, Industry, and Apprenticeships at Nicolet. “Visiting the Manufacturing van, talking with Nicolet staff, and trying out the welding simulator will give people the chance to see if this career field is right for them.”

Nicolet offers seven different academic credentials that fall under the Manufacturing umbrella. These include short-term training certificates, diplomas, and two-year associate degrees.

“We’ve structured the programs so students can earn an academic credential in their field of study relatively quickly,” Labs explained. “Many students then use this credential, typically a certificate, to get a job in the field and continue taking classes to learn more advanced skills.”

He noted this pathway sets many students up for success.

“Students receive on-the-job experience, they’re earning an income, and they’re receiving that higher level of training that will allow them to advance in the field, which commonly leads to higher pay.”

Nicolet Welding graduates with an associate’s degree typically receive an entry-level wage of $14 to $16 an hour. Those with an associate’s degree in Industrial Maintenance, Mechanic or Technician programs commonly start earning $20 an hour or more.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books.

Click here for information about the college’s manufacturing academic programs or by call (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.