Apprenticeship in Wisconsin could boost construction, industrial economies

Wednesday September 7, 2016

State, employers come to NWTC Monday to talk about apprenticeship in Wisconsin, share hands-on activities

Technical College effect - Apprenticeship training that paysIn the past five years, NWTC’s Apprenticeship program has grown from 350 students to 850.  Employers are looking for more skilled workers, and potential workers are looking for apprenticeship opportunities.

So why aren’t there more apprenticeships and more apprentices in Wisconsin?

Find out Monday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. when Wisconsin officials and employers speak at NWTC about the apprenticeship system’s current and potential impact on the state’s economy.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Morna Foy, President of the Wisconsin Technical College System
Ben Dobner, Director of Educational Grantmaking at Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
Michael Sturdivant, Executive Vice President, Tweet-Garot Mechanical, Inc.
Don Allen; Business Mgr, Electricians Local 158
Jesse Jacques; Bus. Agent/Referral Electricians Local 158

After a short program, visitors can try hands-on activities with current NWTC apprentices in Industrial Electrical, Line, Millwright/Pipefitter and Electricity apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeship advantages for student participants include:

  • Opportunity: Apprenticeship is part of a career ladder that can start with a one-year technical diploma and lead to an associate degree, then a bachelor’s.
  • Pay for college: Students in Wisconsin get paid for the hours they spend in the classroom. Wisconsin is the only state that mandates pay for the class instruction.
  • Excellent employment: A WTCS report shows that 99% of apprentice completers were employed after completing their training, with 96% employed in the trade in which they were trained.
When: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12

Where: NWTC Manufacturing and Technology Center, Room MT104 (Near Entrance 6 on this NWTC Green Bay Campus map)

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Reporters and the public are welcome. 
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