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For Immediate Release:  October 14, 2013
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


Green Bay manufacturing, technical college partnerships highlighted

         MADISON - Education and workforce development leaders are gathering in Green Bay Tuesday to recognize a dynamic partnership between Robinson Metal, one of the Midwest’s premier metal fabrication and machine shops, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). This is one of several state events recognizing technical college partnerships with manufacturers during Manufacturing Month.

         Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, along with Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson, will address a gathering at NWTC at 9:00 a.m. That event will be followed by a tour of Robinson Metal’s 175,000 square foot De Pere facilities later in the morning.

         The leaders will participate in hands-on demonstrations of welding and robotics with college representatives within a tour of NWTC’s computer-integrated manufacturing labs and mobile lab, before departing the college for Robinson Metal. With its core programming and customized business solutions, NWTC is widely recognized as the area’s leading producer of skilled manufacturing workers.

         Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed October Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. This is one in a series of events highlighting the important role manufacturing continues to play in Wisconsin’s economy, with about 9,400 manufacturers employing an estimated 450,000 workers throughout the state.

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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’s business and industry community. Nearly 370,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.