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When there aren’t enough STEM grads, Oneida company works to grow their own

Author: Casey M Fryda

Thursday July 23, 2015

Tech Camp partnership with OTIE and NWTC exposes middle school students to fun activities in architecture, health care, physics and more

The shortage of college graduates skilled in science, technology, engineering and math is hitting nearly every industry and threatening business growth. One Oneida business, however, is doing something about it this week.

Pre teen girl learns architectural drawing
Fourteen Green Bay area native students are enjoying hands-on activities in high-skill, high-demand careers including architecture, welding, CNC machining, robotics, energy and prototyping, plus academic areas including microbiology and physics. They are attending a fun middle school camp co-sponsored by Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE), which provides environmental and engineering services across the United States, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


Two boys build a tower in Architecture class

Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE) is a small business based in Milwaukee and owned by the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. OTIE provides environmental, remediation, construction, engineering, and response and recovery services to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as commercial customers in the United States and around the world. The company draws upon the knowledge and experience of over 270 employees including engineers, scientists, designers, and construction managers. That makes STEM skills critical to their success.

Students have enjoyed competing with catapults, building towers, making tiny motors and more. Students will be on campus one more day. Friday's agenda includes hands-on activities in Microbiology in the morning and Prototyping in the afternoon. Reporters are welcome to come see the educational fun in action!

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