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 Bay Link Manufacturing lab connects high school, NWTC, industry


 Casey Fryda


Green Bay Area Public School District, NWTC & NEW Manufacturing Alliance to host news conference Feb. 5 for “Bay Link Manufacturing” partnership

Green Bay area high school and college students soon will be learning the technical and business skills that support successful manufacturing--and they will be learning together.

The Green Bay Area Public School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance announce the development of Bay Link Manufacturing, a high-precision manufacturing learning lab designed to provide high school students with real-world experience in manufacturing, engineering, marketing and business careers. The lab will be located in Green Bay West High School, 966 Shawano Ave.

Reporters are invited to a news conference to kick off the partnership initiative at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the manufacturing/machining lab at West High School. Speakers include Green Bay Area Public School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Langenfeld, NWTC President Dr. Jeff Rafn, and Lindquist Machine Corporation President Mark Kaiser. 

High school juniors and seniors enrolled in Bay Link Manufacturing will collaborate with NWTC students and manufacturing mentors to complete projects for local companies in the areas of industrial welding, machine fabrication and metals. Students will also design the marketing and business systems necessary to sustain a successful manufacturing business. 

A recent study by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance found that 60 percent of manufacturers believe they will have difficulty finding talent for their company. The introduction of Bay Link Manufacturing into the Green Bay community will do its part to engage youth to support the labor force needs of local manufacturers, and to ensure a vibrant economy in northeast Wisconsin.