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Nicolet College - Nicolet training grant to boost skills of area manufacturing workers

Nicolet training grant to
boost skills of area manufacturing workers


Forty Northwoods workers will get specialized manufacturing training at Nicolet College thanks to a new $21,250 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Training Grant“There is nothing more important today than creating a strong workforce and a economy that can thrive well into the future,” Roberta Gassman, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, said in announcing the grant at Nicolet College. “This grant will train the workers who will help make that happen. Nicolet is one of this country’s finest technical colleges and the ideal college to provide the necessary training.”

This is the third manufacturing training grant Nicolet has received from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The grants and subsequent training are designed to give current manufacturing workers and those just entering the field the skills necessary to earn Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification (MSSC).

Three years ago, Wisconsin became the first state to formally embrace the national MSSC program. In his Grow Wisconsin plan, Gov. Jim Doyle set a goal of having 40 percent of Wisconsin’s production workers achieve MSSC certification by 2016.

Nicolet has long recognized the importance of a skilled manufacturing workforce and is eager to continue to increase the skills levels of workers in the sector, said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster.

“Manufacturing is absolutely vital to the economy of the Northwoods,” Burmaster said. “This grant will help manufacturing workers get the specialized training necessary to help make that happen.”

The certification training focuses on safety, quality, manufacturing processes, and maintenance awareness. Nicolet also recently added a more comprehensive nine-credit Manufacturing Essentials certificate to even further boost of the skill level of manufacturing workers.

Along with Nicolet other partners in the project are the Grow North Economic Development Corporation, Tomahawk Mill, Harley-Davidson, Advanced Barrier Extrusions, Northstar Steel, Wausau Paper, and 20 other manufacturers in the region.