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NWTC set to open learning center in Door County

Kara Leiterman

Tuesday July 11, 2017
A commercial processing kitchen, culinary teaching space and innovation lab are coming to Door County
The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center (LIC) in partnership with Nicolet National Bank is set to open in January.

“We are excited about the opportunity for growth in northern Door County. This space is one-of-kind and has been developed to meet Northern Door residents’ unique needs,” said Dean of Regional Learning Jan Scoville.

The building will feature a state certified kitchen for local residents who make food for re-sale and will also serve as a culinary training space. Additional features are a flexible classroom, and an innovation lab. The innovation lab will be equipped with computers to teach robotics, electrical and design skills. Additional high tech equipment will be identified as resident’s needs are assessed.  

Plans are underway to provide training to existing and start-up businesses based on their specific needs for sustainability and growth. Lifelong learning opportunities for community members covering a range of topics are in development. Northern Door residents will also be able to take NWTC credit courses via web conferencing and connect to the LIC’s Wifi.

The LIC is located in the former Nicolet National Bank located at 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay.

NWTC is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the LIC Manager position. The Manager will oversee day-to-day operations including developing and marketing programs, managing the budget and assessing community needs. Those interested in applying should go to NWTC.edu.

Background on the Learning and Innovation Center
The Learning and Innovation Center idea arose from discussions among leaders in the Liberty Grove area who were looking for ways to spur economic development and retain young talent in the area. They approached NWTC to propose a partnership. Over the last year and half, an advisory group has worked with the college to identify priorities.
 
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