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Nicolet College - Nicolet leads state in enrolling recent high school graduates


Nicolet leads state in enrolling
recent high school graduates


Posted July 6, 2011

Nicolet College continues to be popular with recent high school graduates as more than half of the 2007 graduating seniors in the Nicolet district attended a technical college within three years of graduation. The vast majority of these enrolled at Nicolet, according to a recently released state report.

“This tells us that students continue to see the value of a Nicolet education,” said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster. “High quality education combined with affordable tuition makes Nicolet very attractive for students seeking the job training that will help them get ahead in life.”

Of the 2007 graduating class, 55.2 percent, or 557 students, enrolled in the technical college system, predominantly Nicolet. Nicolet led all 16 of the state’s technical colleges, on a percentage basis, in attracting high school graduates from its district into the state tech system.

The knowledge base Nicolet graduates bring to Northwoods communities will play a critical role in stimulating economic recovery in the region, Burmaster added.

“We hear from employers time and again that a skilled workforce is vital for their success,” she said. “It’s encouraging to see such a large number of young adults attend Nicolet. This has the dual benefit of improving their own lives as well as providing the skill sets area businesses need to succeed.”

The latest survey of 2010 Nicolet College graduates shows that 78 percent have secured employment in the Nicolet district.

The local school-by-school breakdown for the 2007 high school graduating classes attending a technical college, predominantly Nicolet, within three years of graduation is as follows:

Crandon - 100% - 48 of 48 graduates

Elcho - 65% - 13 of 20 graduates

Lakeland - 50.8% - 119 of 234 graduates

Laona - 71.4% - 10 of 14 graduates

Mercer - 31.6% - 5 of 16 graduates

Northland Pines - 44.4% - 71 of 160 graduates

Phelps - 23% - 3 of 13 graduates

Rhinelander - 63.2% - 153 of 242 graduates

Three Lakes - 59.7% - 40 of 67 graduates

Tomahawk - 45% - 59 of 131 graduates

Wabeno - 59.2% - 29 of 49 graduates