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For Immediate Release:  February 27, 2014
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-220-1553, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


Spotlight on Career and Technical Education opportunities in Wausau

         WAUSAU – Wausau West High School and two of its partners, CTECH Manufacturing and Northcentral Technical College, were in the state spotlight on Wednesday as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. The partners showcased for Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state education and workforce development leaders the many opportunities available to high school students to take advantage of CTE courses and the career exploration built into them.

         Nate Karlen is a recent Wausau West graduate and now works for CTECH after completing a Youth Apprenticeship with the company while in high school. "I could immediately see the application of what I was learning in the classroom,” Karlen said during an afternoon event at CTECH.

         Northcentral Technical College, which serves Wausau and the surrounding communities, collaborates closely with the Wausau School District and delivers more than 35 different courses for high school students in areas like manufacturing, welding, business and health care. Each course moves a student closer to high school graduation and provides transcripted college credits.

         "We’re proud of the partnership we have with Wausau schools," said Lori Weyers, president of Northcentral Technical College. "It’s important for students and their parents to understand all of their career options, and the best way to achieve their goals." In 2013, Northcentral provided about 6,000 college credits to more than 1,000 high school students at no cost to the student.

         "Our colleges exist to create these types of learning opportunities and employer partnerships," said Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, who spoke with students at Wednesday’s events. "Today, we heard first-hand how Wausau West students and graduates are parlaying these opportunities into great careers. That’s great for students and even better for Wisconsin employers."

         Jim Greenheck, CTECH’s owner, offered a similar assessment during his remarks, saying these types of partnerships will be what it takes for companies like his to compete and expand going forward.


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About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. More than 340,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.