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NWTC Learning and Innovation Center to open April 2

Kara Leiterman

Tuesday March 20, 2018
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is excited to announce the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center (LIC) in partnership with Nicolet National Bank will open to the public on April 2.
 
“It will be an exciting day not only for the College but also for the northern Door County community,” said Lisa Tetzloff, LIC manager. “We have been looking forward to opening the center for some time.”
 
An official ribbon cutting is set for 11 a.m. May 7. All are welcome.
 
“I hope members of the community enjoy this space and the opportunities it provides,” Tetzloff said. “We have intentionally designed the center to support the region’s growing economy and vibrant quality of life.”
 
Construction crews spent the last year transforming the 5,400-square-foot former Nicolet National Bank building—located at 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay—into a regional learning center. NWTC purchased the property from Nicolet in 2016. 
 
The center features a state-certified kitchen for local residents who make food for re-sale. Additional features are a flexible classroom, video-conference rooms, and multipurpose space. 
 
Several classes, seminars, and community programs are already scheduled for this spring, with more to come. They include:
 
  • 30-hour Personal Care Worker Certificate Program. Classes begin April 12.
  • Facebook for Business, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free foot-care clinic. April 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Herbs and Healing, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Free drone presentation and demonstration, April 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pathways to Entrepreneurship. April 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Herbs and Sleep, April 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
 
  • Food Service Sanitation (two-part course). April 30 and May 7, 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Building a Business Model (two-part series, both sessions required). May 14 and May 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Beginning in June, northern Door residents will be able to take NWTC credit courses toward a degree. Classes include economics, English composition, and medical terminology.
 
To learn more about all of the center’s offerings and to register, go to www.nwtc.edu/licsisterbay. Registration is required as space is limited for some programs. Fees may apply.
 
“We look forward to on-going conversations with our neighbors about the ways we can work together to enhance northern Door,” Tetzloff said. “The center’s programming will reflect the needs and interests of the community.”
 
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 two years, an advisory group has worked with the college to identify priorities.
 
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