December 9, 2013
From wausaudailyherald.com: “D.C. Everest recognizes volunteer for work at Junior High” – WESTON — Joseph Wilhelm was recognized and thanked by the D.C. Everest School Board Nov. 20 for his volunteer service at D.C. Everest Junior High.
For the past four years, Wilhelm has volunteered countless hours working with students in the technical education classes. Additionally, he served for a year on the D.C. Everest Idea Charter School Board.
Wilhelm shares knowledge and skills from his 35 years in manufacturing, engineering and management with the technical education students. He leverages industry connections by arranging guest speakers and tours; encourages female students to consider career options in industry, including arranging meetings for interested female students with local female engineers; and encourages students to participate in rich and varied learning opportunities such as plays, concerts and other district and community events to make connections with one another.
The greatest barometer of Wilhelm’s impact at the junior high is student feedback. Students like Wilhelm a great deal. They have made comments including, “He cares about us,” “He makes learning fun,” and “We learn a lot from him.”
This school year, Wilhelm is teaching at Northcentral Technical College and continuing his volunteer work at the junior high during two periods each day.
December 9, 2013
From wausaudailyherald.com: “Local high school girls learn about male-dominated fields” – More than 50 girls from nine central Wisconsin highschools learned Friday what it would be like to be welders, mechanical designers, machinists and other professionals in the manufacturing and technical fields.
They were taking part in a program called Females in Technology & Trades at Northcentral Technical College. The idea was to expose the girls to professions that are in what have been traditionally male-dominated fields to ensure that they know of all the career opportunities available to them.
The program was organized by Laurie Schulz, a mechanical design instructor at NTC. Schulz worked as a designer for years and said she had no problems working in a male-dominated field, but not all young women know that such careers are even possible.
The F.I.T.T. program, Schulz said, was meant to change that by both exposing the girls to all of the programs NTC has to offer and giving them a chance to do some hands-on activities, such as welding.
Maddy Krueger and Katherine Russell, both juniors at Tomahawk High School, participated in the program to find out what they might do after graduation.
“I think this is really interesting,” Krueger said. “I’m in a shop class at school, and I’m interested in mechanical comprehension and design. So I thought that would interesting to learn.”
Russell wants to become a materials sciences engineer, designing materials that can do new things.
“There’s a need for more women in engineering fields, so I wanted to learn more about that. And I’ve never welded before, so I’m really nervous,” Russell said. “I really learned a lot today about what NTC had to offer. I didn’t know we had an engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school so close as Wausau.”
The program was beneficial for female students, Schulz said, so that “they can see what types of options are out there for them that are nontraditional, compared to what they may normally do.”
November 29, 2013
From pricecountydaily.com: “NTC Phillips Campus in midst of expansion” – An expansion project geared at better meeting the needs of one increasingly in-demand base for education in the Northwoods is moving forward at Northcentral Technical College’s Phillips Campus.
Each year, NTC completes two major capital projects, and current construction efforts at the Phillips Campus make up one of those projects for 2013.
The overhaul involves an expansion of the manufacturing lab along with the addition of 4,500 square feet of new classroom space to the southwest corner of the campus building.
“What it’s going to mean is that the Phillips Campus is going to be able to support more programs such as the machine tool and the manufacturing technician, which will complement our one-year and one-semester welding programs,” said NTC North Campus Dean Roberta Damrow.
The footings and floors for both areas of expansion are in. Now, the campus is waiting for segments of the actual building to arrive, something project leaders believe will happen in mid-January.
Damrow noted that these project aspects are expected to be wrapped up in April.
It looks like the new spaces will be useable in time for summer classes and then see full scheduling by fall semester of next year, as Damrow explained.
One really nice feature about the classroom addition is that the partition between two distinct classrooms can be opened up to create a larger area spanning 1,700-square feet, Damrow noted. This feature will help cover the campus’ increased need for face-to-face instruction to support expanded offerings in the manufacturing lab while at the same time providing a space different groups can utilize outside of school hours.
“We should be able to support community needs for large groups,” Damrow said.
Four new IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) rooms will be added along with the large, connectable classrooms.
This will allow the North Campus of NTC to stream more courses offered at other campuses across the college system. Damrow sees this increased distance learning capacity being particularly useful when it comes to meeting community needs for continuing education, something that’s a cornerstone of work in the early childhood field or the food and beverage industry, to name a few career areas.
“Any sort of occupation that needs continuing education. We’ll be able to stream in more classes so people don’t have to travel as far to be recertified,” Damrow said.
Expansion plans also call for the creation of something called a net meeting room, which will hold 16 computer spaces for students taking online and Adobe Connect classes.
This allows for more flexibility in course offerings to meet the diverse needs of different learners.
A new set of bathrooms is also in construction plans for the larger classroom space.
In addition to the building expansions, contractors are putting up a stand-alone storage shed behind the main building to house equipment and materials for use in the manufacturing lab. This structure is on schedule to be completed before Thanksgiving.
“The Price County campus continues to see growth, and we attribute that to the newer campus and the newer programming that we continue to bring in…” Damrow said.
Area residents find in NTC a nearby institution where they can access a range of education options, as Damrow explained.
Instructors at the Phillips Campus sees a number of high school students “getting a jump on their college career” via technical college courses that are transferable to other colleges, as well as students who spent their first year post-high school at the campus and then transfer to Wausau or other colleges across the state.
“It’s a cost effective way to start your education. It’s also a cost-effective way to earn your first degree, and we know that lifelong learning is the way of the future, so we intend to continue to be innovative in offering things that are going to support the local industries,” Damrow said.
The campus is tentatively planning for a spring ribbon cutting to dedicate the new spaces.
November 27, 2013
From wausaudailyherald.com: “Youth Apprenticeship builds workforce of the future” – Mosinee High School has participated in Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship, or YA, program since 1995. During that time, over 350 students participated in this unique work-based learning program. YA allows juniors and seniors to work part-time in a field they are considering for their future, while taking high school courses that support that career direction.
As the School to Career coordinator, one of my responsibilities is to supervise students in this program. From my perspective, this program has literally changed the lives of some of our students. They have learned to “walk the walk” and gain those skills necessary for success in the world of work while finding out if that career direction is right for them. I asked students to share their thoughts on participating in this program.
“I applied for youth apprenticeship so I could gain work experience in a professional environment. What I like most about my position is the face-to-face contact I have with customers. I learned I am very interested in the business field and would enjoy a career in it. After high school, I will be attending UW-Whitewater for business management with a minor in finance/insurance.”
— Kevin Zimmerman, BMO Harris Bank, Mosinee
“I work at the desk taking calls, doing health history updates and confirming appointments. I also help clean work stations, assist with sterilization, X-rays, charting, restocking and sealants. I applied for an apprenticeship because I was thinking about going into dental hygiene. I like that I am learning more about the field, and I like working with people. I’ve learned I can work really hard if I put my all into it, and that I work really well with people and as a team. After graduation, I plan to attend NTC to become a dental hygienist.”
— Rachel Schulte, Family Dental, Mosinee
“I help manage the school’s website and assist with technology problems throughout the district. I applied for YA so I could work in the field I want, as well as for the recognition that comes with YA. I enjoy working in a field that I am very knowledgeable about, and I can use my knowledge to efficiently do whatever task is at hand. I’ve learned how to manage and handle multiple projects at once, completing them efficiently and to the best of my ability. After high school, I plan to attend college for a degree in computer science.”
— Noah Warren, Mosinee High School
“I am a CNA on the Surgical/Orthopedics floor. I was interested in a job in healthcare and thought work experience now would help me gain an insight into what my future career might entail. At Saint Clare’s, witnessing the strength of people pushing through less-than-desirable circumstances to overcome obstacles has become the most inspirational thing in my life. I enjoy the interactions I have with people much more than I ever dreamed possible. I proved to myself that my communication skills are critical in the medical field. I plan to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in genetics and continue on to medical school with my ultimate goal to become a physician.”
— Halee Nieuwenhuis, Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston
“I help design processing systems for many big name companies. I applied for YA because I wanted to learn first-hand what the work environment would be like in my selected field. My favorite aspect of my job is working with Auto-Cad. The most important thing I’ve learned during my YA experience is that I insist on being perfect at a lot of what I do. Once I graduate from high school, I plan on going to a four-year college to become a mechanical engineer.”
— Andrew Hilgemann, A&B Process Systems, Stratford
“I help prep food on Saturdays, and during the week I work up front helping customers. I applied for YA because I thought it would be a good experience, and it looks good on college and job applications. I like working with people and working “hands on” rather than just sitting behind a desk. I’ve learned that I work well with others in stressful times and what teamwork really is. After high school I plan on working until I find out what I would like to do with my life.”
— Morgan Plautz, Culver’s, Cedar Creek, Rothschild
As you can see, Youth Apprenticeship provides students with experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives, but YA also benefits every business involved with the program. Employers get direct access to a pipeline of motivated workers interested in building a career in their industry, and they have the opportunity to shape their future workforce. YA covers a variety of areas from agriculture to welding.
Employers interested in connecting with a student looking for an apprenticeship should contact their local high school YA coordinator or Donna Schulz at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.
November 20, 2013
From antigodailyjournal.com: “Dr. Lori Weyers, who heads NTC, complimentary in board address” – The Langlade County Board of Supervisors couldn’t have asked for a more complimentary guest at its November meeting today.
Dr. Lori Weyers, who heads the sprawling Northcentral Technical College, paid a visit and with her staff, explained what is happening at the college, improvements, advances being made and across the system, all with student success in mind.
Targeting the Antigo campus, she explained there are currently 1,700 students enrolled, which is one in every nine people living here. Last year there were 87 graduates, with many students going on to employment but more are continuing their education at campuses across Wisconsin and Michigan to start their university careers as juniors.
“We have partnered,” she said, telling the board that the NTC program has worked with universities to meet requirements for the students from the eight campuses accepted as juniors.
Larry Kind, dean of the campus in Antigo, outlined the gains being made at the local site and the advances that the wood technology facility has brought to the education program. Those changes also include a nursing program.
The NTC representatives who accompanied her explained there are jobs for the graduates of the two-year program, noting the information technology and welding programs as attractive fields for employment.
Weyers said the partnership with NTC and the Langlade County Board on the wood technology center is working well, and established a guideline for programs that have continued.
“You were the first,” she said, noting that the supervisors here worked with the college on construction of the wood technology facilities.
“You were the leader,” she added, “without you we may have not had these other things happen.”
The presentation by Weyers and her staff brought applause from the board.
November 7, 2013
From wsau.com: “Governor Walker talks about jobs grants, casinos and more at appearance in Wausau” – Governor Walker made an appearance in Wausau at Northcentral Technical College today to discuss a new grant project called Wisconsin Fast Forward.
“Workers need to have access to the most up-to-date employment information,” Governor Walker said. “By providing quality worker training and cutting-edge labor market information, our workers will be best equipped to re-enter the workforce in places where opportunities are available.”
The funding will work to create new jobs and training in manufacturing and small manufacturing businesses with 50 or fewer employees, construction, and customer service representatives. Walker says business leaders tell him Wisconsin is a great place to place customer service positions. “It’s easy to understand folks in the Midwest. The people in the Midwest he found to be overwhelmingly pleasant and easy to get along with.”
The state is looking at continued growth in the customer service industry and Walker says they want to help that grow. “The Department of Workforce Development estimates that through 2020 there’s going to be a 15% growth in customer service jobs, and an annual basis, that means 2200 new jobs each year.”
During questions after the speech, Governor Walker says he’s not in a big hurry to make a decision on the casino project in Kenosha. “This project has been before the Bureau of Indian affairs at the federal government for 20 years. And I’ve got considerable time as governor to take this matter up and fully consider the implications on it.”
Walker also said he’d be in favor of tougher OWI laws if they make it to his desk. “Ways we can toughen up, particularly penalties for repeat drunk drivers is something I’ve been in the past supportive of. And presumably, I’d have to look at the individual bills, but would be open to consider.”
He also addressed the continuing issues with the new federal health care law. Walker says the state is stepping up to make sure residents in need will be covered before the enrollment period is up on the Affordable Care Act. “Under our plan, everyone in poverty will covered. In the past, under my predecessor, there was a wait list for some on poverty, going forward everyone will be covered under Medicaid in the state of Wisconsin.” He says state officials are putting together training for insurance agents in Wisconsin in order to help them get people signed up for the exchanges and for insurance before the enrollment period is up.
November 5, 2013
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “NTC announces agreement” – WAUSAU – Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, have announced a new articulation agreement for the NTC Early Childhood Education associate degree program. Students graduating from this program at NTC will be able to seamlessly enter the Early Childhood Education Bachelor Degree program at Ashford University with junior status. The Early Childhood Education Bachelor Degree program is offered both online and face-to-face in Clinton, Iowa. For more information regarding transfer opportunities and to view the transfer guides, visit www.ntc.edu/transfer.
October 28, 2013
From wausaudailyherald.com: “Making a Difference one yard at a time” – A group of Northcentral Technical College, NTC, international students cleared the leaves off a large lot at the intersection of North 32nd Avenue and Madonna Drive Saturday morning.
The students, hailing from several Central American and Caribbean nations, joked and laughed with each other as they raked and bagged the leaves from the yard of 56-year-old Margaret Duranceau. Health problems would have made the job near impossible for Duranceau, and she appreciated their efforts.
“They are one fantastic crew,” Duranceau said. “They should keep them here.”
The students were among the estimated 400-plus volunteers who turned up to rake the leaves of about 250 area residents for the Make a Difference Day efforts coordinated by the United Way of Marathon County.
“We had fabulous volunteer turnout,” said Shelly Kaiser, the director of the agency’s Volunteer Connection. “The weather cooperated. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We had outstanding turnout.”
Kaiser said she didn’t know why so many people signed up to help their neighbors this year, but “our target is 300 volunteers,” she said.
One of the motivating factors for the NTC students is that they are required to volunteer in the community as part of the program that brought them to study in the United States, Scholarships for Education and Economic Development, or SEED. The program is designed to help low-income students from high-need countries to learn business, design projects and to go back to their countries to make a difference there.
Make a Difference Day offers a great opportunity for SEED students to work those required volunteer hours, but participation means more than that, said student Mariela Valdez, 19, of the Dominican Republic.
This was her second year of participating in the day, and she found last year that helping people, instead of working for programs, is gratifying.
“Doing it for people who need it, it’s like, wow, that’s awesome,” Valdez said. “We enjoy doing it. … We have fun.”
September 24, 2013
From thecountrytoday.com: “Career exploration: Ag education council considers new website plan” – MADISON — Wisconsin’s Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council is heading in a new direction with its efforts to recruit potential workers for the state’s agricultural industry.
At a Sept. 17 meeting, WAEWDC members discussed a plan to transition from its “WhyAg” website that links qualified job candidates with companies that have employment needs to an online Career Pathways Initiative being developed by Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.
The career pathways website is designed to help middle and high school students, parents and displaced workers explore potential career end points for their educational efforts. It will be a resource for young people and displaced workers as they determine what type of education they need for jobs in the broad field of agriculture.
The website would include links to agriculture career exploration, higher education opportunities and job placement/wage data.
The WAEWDC was created by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2008 to help provide a qualified workforce to support the state’s agricultural industry. It has been struggling to stay financially afloat since no state money was allocated to fund the effort when the council was created.
Council vice chairman Corey Kuchta said Al Herrman, a past WAEWDC chairman and current council executive director, has been organizing a fundraising campaign to help fund future council efforts. Herrman is working on a volunteer basis.
“In October he’s going to start to do some mailings to ask people who have contributed to the council in the past for future contributions,” Kuchta said. “The money is needed to fund all of the council efforts.”
Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College president, said the career pathways website will outline the steps in the career decision-making process.
“Where do I want to go and how do I get there,” she said. “Students will be able to see what jobs are at the end of the path for them and how much those jobs pay.”
Katie Felch, director of marketing and public relations at NTC, described the website as a “one-stop shop to see all the things that are available.”
People visiting the website would be able to review a wide variety of agricultural job opportunities and investigate what type of school might be best for them to get the training they need for the job they want.
Council members discussed the possibility of selling advertising on the website to employers who are in need of agricultural workers.
Although NTC officials developed the website, Weyers said it could be customized to include information from all of the various technical colleges and universities in Wisconsin.
“Even though we developed this template, this is not about NTC,” Weyers said. “We did this on our own time as an in-kind donation to the council. We want to share it — you can use it and you can have it.”
WAEWDC members discussed on what server the website would be housed and who would pay for maintaining and updating it.
Weyers said she would come back to the next council meeting in December with information on how much it would cost to host the website on NTC servers. Council members said employer sponsorships could help pay for the service.
Each technical college and university listed on the website would be responsible for keeping its information current, Weyers said.
Randy Zogbaum, agriculture and natural resources consultant for the Wisconsin Technical College System, said he would take the concept to deans of the technical college system and ask for funds to help support the project.
Council members said the career pathways website could be an extension of what the council has been working on with its WhyAg initiative.
“I think this will be a great transition from WhyAg,” Kuchta said.
Kuchta said the difference with the career pathways website will be that people will be able to do everything from explore career opportunities to find a path to get there and see how much money they can make.
“This is why we exist as a council — to create an opportunity to build that pipeline for jobs and to connect workers and employers,” council member Liz Henry said.
Mike Compton, dean of the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, said he is looking forward to sending the school’s agricultural ambassadors out to high schools with the career pathways website in their tool belt.
Council members said the new website would not compete with but be a complement to the Wisconsin Job Center website recently developed by the Department of Workforce Development. The website has a page devoted to agriculture.
On a related note, Wisconsin FFA Adviser Jeff Hicken said the National FFA Organization is collecting job and career data on an Ag Career Network. The effort is directed at helping students develop profiles, resumes and portfolios before they leave high school.
Paul Larson, an agriculture instructor in the Freedom School District, has agreed to continue as chairman of the council for the next year, Kuchta said.
September 23, 2013
From fdlreporter.com: “Good news for Wisconsin job seekers” – There’s good news on the horizon for Wisconsin residents looking for work.
Though the state’s labor market continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-09, Wisconsin economists say prospects for job seekers are looking up.
“The picture is improving significantly,” said Jeff Sachse, an economist for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) who monitors the labor market in northeastern Wisconsin. “We’re seeing demand pretty much all over the place in fairly large numbers statewide. We have about 42,000 job openings on our Job Center of Wisconsin website right now.”
Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2013 was 6.8 percent, unchanged from June and down from 7.0 percent in July 2012, according to the most recent numbers from the DWD and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the U.S., the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2013 was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and 8.2 percent in July 2012.
While Sachse anticipates Wisconsin’s unemployment numbers would remain relatively high in August because of the number of high school and college students looking for summer work, he predicts the jobless rate will dip below 6 percent in fall in many parts of the state, including the Fox Valley.
“That’s an indication that the labor market itself is getting back to normal,” Sachse said. “The real growth areas in the state are the Fox Valley into Green Bay. If you’re looking at central Wisconsin, there’s a lot of activity in Wausau around insurance as well as metal manufacturing.”
Wider range of manufacturing jobs
Economists continue to see strong hiring activity in manufacturing, especially in the Fox Valley and Sheboygan.
In central Wisconsin, economists are beginning to see an uptick in metal fabrication and machinery manufacturing jobs.
“We got hit pretty hard in paper manufacturing and wood product manufacturing over the course of the recession,” said Tom Walsh, a DWD economist who monitors the labor market in north-central Wisconsin. “But we’re now starting to see some other manufacturing sectors start to grow.”
For more of this story visit fdlreporter.com
September 19, 2013
From Biztimes.com: “Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges win $23 million federal grant” — Wisconsin’s employers and workers will benefit from a new $23.1 million investment by the U.S. Department of Labor, which today announced a grant to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges to address emerging needs in the information technology (IT) sector.
The successful grant application applies to the third installment of a multi-year, nearly $2 billion federal stimulus initiative designed to increase community college credential attainment in high-priority economic sectors.
In the previous round, the Wisconsin technical colleges won an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.
“Collaboration within our system has allowed us to leverage more than $41 million to address the strategic needs and priorities we’ve identified with our workforce and economic development partners,” said Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy. “That’s pretty exciting for Wisconsin.”
The most recent grant will allow the colleges to enhance and expand career pathways not only within cutting-edge IT programs, but also within other critical sectors – such as health care and manufacturing – that increasingly require workers with advanced IT competencies.
Drew Petersen, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and an executive with TDS Telecom, said, “Our programs are uniquely industry-driven, and these funds will allow us to scale innovation in response to needs identified by our employer partners in the IT space.”
Northcentral Technical College (NTC) led the consortium effort for the initiative. NTC President Lori Weyers said, “We recognize the importance of a skilled workforce in the IT sector and the significance of this industry to the state’s economy. This grant award is a testament to the many individuals from the 16 colleges that worked together to put this grant proposal together.”
Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of Labor’s investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants. Grant implementation will begin in October.
September 18, 2013
From WSAU.com: “Northcentral Technical College expands Dairy Science programs” – WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – This year marks the second anniversary of the Northcentral Technical College Agricultural School of Excellence, and the program is running stronger than ever.
Students are starting to graduate from the program after doing training at the Center, and NTC VP of learning Shelley Mondeik says they’ve been placing all their graduates. “At this point, the students that we’ve surveyed have had 100 percent employment, so we’re very excited.” Students have been getting jobs working in cattle sales and trading, running farms, and working as farm hands while they continue their training.
The dairy sciences program at NTC has been expanding as well, and Mondeik says they’ve got more to offer students. “When we started we only had the one dairy science degree. As of today we’ve got three associate’s degrees, one technical diploma and an apprenticeship, so it’s just more and more offerings for the students.”
Mondeik says that apprenticeship program is really helping retain farmers and keep the dairy tradition alive. The program pairs students with a master grazer who works with the school, and they go through about 4000 hours of training over the course of the program. “Once that person achieves those hours, they have the potential to be an expert in dairy grazing.”
If you’re interested in the dairy sciences program, contact NTC through their website at http://www.NTC.edu or call the college at 715-675-3331.
September 6, 2013
From wausaudailyherald.com: “REI donates survey equipment to college” – REI Engineering Inc. donated survey equipment Aug. 13 to Northcentral Technical College. The equipment includes a Leica electronic total station with accessories, a Sokia electronic total station with accessories and a data collector with Survey Pro software and two extendable prisms and poles. Close to $4,000 of equipment was included in this package.
Tom Radenz, owner and senior consultant of REI, said, “As we continue to upgrade and invest in technology, we are proud to donate our land surveying equipment to NTC. The equipment will provide a learning platform for students to become better prepared for their careers in site development.”
This survey equipment will be used in the classrooms to familiarize students in the Architectural Design Program with the technology and equipment available to them once they become active members of the field.
“We are grateful for the support and generosity of REI to bring state-of-the-art training equipment to our technical and trades programs,” said Lori Weyers, president of NTC. “They are an excellent supporter and partner of the college. This donation not only continues the strong partnership between REI and the education community, but will also foster growth in the community.”
August 27, 2013
From myfoxwausau.com: “NTC students head back to class” — The first day of classes is now in the books at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.
NTC’s campus is once again alive with students. That includes a 19-year-old transfer from UW-Milwaukee.
It’s a day of introductions, nerves, and learning
NTC in Wausau has officially begun its fall semester. School officials say about 4,000 students are enrolled this fall. That includes 19-year-old Emily Worden.
“Stuff is just so much different down there than it is here, it’s just a lot better quality here,” said Worden.
Worden is from the Wausau area. When she graduated high school she wanted to try something new. So she applied and got accepted to UW-Milwaukee.
“I decided I had enough of the small scene so I was going to go down to Milwaukee and I absolutely loved it down there,” said Worden.
But now one year later Worden transferred to NTC, a place she says will definitely help her in becoming a nurse.
“I’m totally a hands-on person so to be there and just sitting there and not having examples to work on it was just like making me crazy,”said Worden.
She says the cost of tuition and close communication with professors are big reasons why Worden transferred to the college.
“You can get the help that you need and sufficient help to help get you in the direction you want to go,”said Worden.
Worden says her new direction will be an adjustment, but it’s one she’s willing to make for a bright future.
“It’s a new start for me I’m really excited,” said Worden.
Worden says she plans on getting her two-year degree from NTC. She says she might go back to UW-Milwaukee for her bachelor’s degree.
August 22, 2013
From pricecountydaily.com: “Internet marketing expert to speak at Phillips Chamber of Commerce annual dinner” – John Carlson, marketing expert and instructor for Business & Industry Division of Northcentral Technical College’s Wausau campus, will be the featured speaker at the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Club 13. Carlson will focus on small business marketing strategies with an emphasis on Internet marketing through the use of social media. Carlson’s appearance is being sponsored by the Phillips campus of Northcentral Technical College. Area Dean Bobbi Damrow will also speak to attendees about the college’s expansion and the opportunities and facilities that will be available to area businesses.
The Chamber will also honor 2013 Persons of the Year, the late Judi Boers and her husband, Tom, and Chris and Ron Kedziera of The Crazy Loon as 2013 Business of the Year.
All Chamber members are welcome to attend. Reservations are required by August 21. Call the Chamber at 715-339-4100 or email PACC@pctcnet.net.
In other Chamber news, planning for the 2013 Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 is underway. Prospective crafters and area organizations have been sent their applications to participate in the craft fair and Fall Taste of Phillips. Music will be provided by the Elk River String Bank and the Jim Pekol Polka Band, and other activities will be held. If you’d like to participate in the craft fair and didn’t receive an invitation, please contact the Chamber.
August 20, 2013
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “Board helps launch metal manufacturing alliance” – In late May, the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board received a request from a manufacturing employer requesting current data and projections for two occupations in our region: welders and machinists. In response, we ran an initial report using Economic Modeling Services Inc., or EMSI, a labor market analysis software to which we subscribe.
EMSI uses U.S. Bureau of Workforce Information, U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Education Statistics and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development labor data among other sources for compiling occupation reports. Based on those sources, the occupational data is not “real time,” but is based upon precise sampling, generally with a six- to 12-month lag time. Educational output data is closer to “real time.”
To augment the EMSI-generated data, the board was asked by several employers to conduct a survey of 22 regional metal fabricators. The survey results revealed that the growth rate in the welding and machinist occupations was significantly greater than that projected by EMSI. That result is to be expected with any “real time” survey of employers (precisely why you see the disparity in unemployment numbers as the real survey of household reports is compiled).
The results prompted the board’s Business Services team to convene a meeting of the respondents to the survey and explore potential solutions to the demand for these and other manufacturing occupations.
Fifteen manufacturing company representatives met to discuss opportunities and partnerships that could help meet this identified occupation demand. Out of these discussions, the group formed the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance.
Six representatives stepped forward to lead the steering committee of the alliance. Kathy Drengler of Greenheck and John Peterson of Schuette Metals were elected steering committee co-chairs. Other steering committee members are Tom Felch of J & D Tube Benders; Bill Wenzel of Northland Stainless; Julie Mahr of Sulzeer Machine; and Jim Frings of G3 Industries.
The new group identified the following key objectives to help build the pipeline of qualified workers:
• Promote metal manufacturing careers — get youths informed and excited about these occupations.
• Advocate for the necessary educational infrastructure to meet demand.
• Work collaboratively with other partners in the region already engaged in addressing the issues.
• Strengthen PK-16 relationship/partnerships, including further development of apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing.
• Inventory current initiatives to avoid duplication.
The group is working on two initiatives to increase capacity in the region. Both initiatives include Northcentral Technical College and methods to assist NTC in increasing its capacity to serve students and increasing interest in metal manufacturing careers.
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August 20, 2013
From antigodailyjournal.com: “NTC to offer manufacturing tech degree” – Northcentral Technical College will begin offering a new manufacturing technician technical diploma in the fall, and the Antigo campus will be one of two locations to host the program.
Instructor Mike Parizek works with student Dylan Zimmerman in Northcentral Technical College’s machine tool lab.
This one-year (29-31 credits) technical diploma is designed to prepare students for a variety of entry-level careers within the manufacturing sector. The new program incorporates portions of NTC’s machine tool operation technical diploma and welding technical diploma in order to give students a well-rounded education and make them more marketable to potential employers.
According to a survey conducted by the technical college, area manufacturers are placing an increased focus on hiring employees who have cross training in both the machine tool and welding areas.
“After conducting the survey and meeting with business leaders in our area, it became clear that many local companies are in need of employees with diverse skill sets,” Larry Kind, dean of NTC’s Antigo campus, said. “The manufacturing technician technical diploma is an ideal fit in that sense, as students gain valuable training in two high-demand areas.”
Throughout the course of the program, students will learn to use a drill press, power saw, elementary lathe, mills and pedestal grinders in the machine tool courses. The welding courses will provide a solid foundation for a single manual process.
For more information or to register, call the NTC Antigo campus at 715 623-7601 or visit http://www.ntc.edu.
August 5, 2013
From wsaw.com: “Firefighters Gain Valuable Training Experience” – A car flips over and the driver can only be rescued by being extricated through the trunk.
A disabled man needs to be rescued from a burning building.
These are all frightening scenarios, but fortunately this is only a drill,and the victims are only plastic mannequins.
Saturday fire crews were able to practice for when these situations could become reality.
“We can accommodate police, fire, EMS, and a whole host of other public opportunities. You can’t get any other hands on training in this area.” says Fire Training director Doug Jennings.
You can’t learn how to fight fires and save lives just through reading a textbook, so that is why Northcentral Technical College hosted Advanced Skill Training Day. It is a way for rescue crews to be able to prepare for the worst.
“This facility up here is great for facilitating hands-on scenarios. Today they aren’t talking about cutting cars, they are actually cutting cars in difficult positions.” Jennings says.
The event was a great way for N.T.C to showcase their brand new training center. After the original one was destroyed, they have been able to get the latest technology.
“Our public safety center was demolished in the tornado a few years ago. We were able to rebuild this complex out here with the help of our president to a fantastic facility.” says Jennings.
Now they are able to provide firefighters a way to practice for the worst, all while learning from each other.
July 26, 2013
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “New online option for radiography students” – WAUSAU — Northcentral Technical College, or NTC, in Wausau and Marian University in Fond du Lac have announced a new articulation agreement for radiography graduates. Students graduating from the Radiography Associate Degree program at NTC will be able to seamlessly enter the Radiologic Technology Bachelor Degree program at Marian University with junior status.
“Marian University is thrilled to have formed this relationship with NTC. Giving students options to continue their education is what this is all about,” said Tracy Qualmann, director of enrollment partnerships at Marian University. “This articulation takes into account all the work students completed through their associate degree, coupling that with additional coursework to equate to a bachelor’s degree. We’re all in this together to help craft an educated workforce.”
All of the classes necessary to complete the Radiologic Technology program at Marian can be taken online.
For more information regarding transfer opportunities and to view the transfer guides, visit http://www.ntc.edu/transfer.
July 25, 2013
From wsaw.com: “New effort to make local daycare centers better” – Northcentral Technical College is offering a new class in the fall called Infant and Toddler Credential and The United Way of Marathon County is giving child care providers a chance to take the class for a discount.
There is scholarship help available with tuition, books, a stipend for tutoring services and even a food stipend.
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July 25, 2013
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “Medical College of Wisconsin to open summer 2016″ — By Katie Hoffman - The Medical College of Wisconsin will open its central Wisconsin campus in 2016, one year after the Green Bay campus opens, the college announced today, and Wausau-area residents could see students working in clinics as soon as 2015.
Officials from the college said the bigger area in central Wisconsin lends itself to more planning time before opening.
The medical school will make its home at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Northcentral Technical College for administrative and classroom use.
Students from the Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses could complete clinical rotations at the facilities in Green Bay and central Wisconsin before the 2016 central Wisconsin start date. Student clinical work will take place at a variety of facilities in the area, including Ministry Health Care, Marshfield Clinic, Riverview Hospital and Aspirus.
John Raymond Sr., president and CEO of the medical college, said it’s important for local residents to see students in a clinical setting before the Wausau site opens.
“It shows a presence and a commitment to the community,” he said.
Raymond said he expects the first central Wisconsin graduating class to be about 15 to 25 students; they will then go on to complete their residency at a local clinic or hospital. Students will graduate from the three-year program with a general medical degree and are then free to choose a specialty during residency.
“We are trying to create in central Wisconsin destination residencies,” Raymond said. “We would like to have more family residencies, emergency residencies so when students graduate, they will have options to continue right in central Wisconsin.”
The education program addresses the need for providers in underserved communities across Wisconsin and uses a teaching model in which students receive core basic science and clinical experience in the community, teaching with other practitioners and encouraging students to practice in the communities where they train.
Faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin Marathon County and Northcentral Technical College also will be involved in the college.
Lori Weyers, president of NTC, said the school is excited to partner with the medical college.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to have unique learning experiences with medical college students,” she said.
Medical College officials plan to select a dean for each campus this fall, and advisory boards have been established to guide the programs. Student recruitment will begin in spring 2014.
From wausaudailyherald.com: “Medical school announces new Wausau locations” – The Medical College of Wisconsin will train new doctors at Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College as it works in cooperation with all central Wisconsin physician groups, the school announced Tuesday.
The Aspirus space will house the medical education program’s classrooms and administrative offices, and NTC will share anatomy and simulation space.
The school’s board decided on the two locations after determining that the Liberty Mutual Insurance building on Wausau’s west side was too large to house operations.
Marita Hattem, interim president and chief operating officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital, said health care is an important part of any community, and training and maintaining doctors in rural areas such as north central Wisconsin is crucial.
“It (will be) fun for us as employees to see students coming and going,” she said. “Anything we can do to encourage their education and support them in that as much as we can is important.”
The medical college will have 75 students a year once it is running at full capacity and will have dozens of employees, educators or physicians who will need places to eat, live and occasionally have fun, creating a need for restaurants, apartments and entertainment near the campus.
The college will begin training students in 2015 to participate in local residency programs at central Wisconsin hospitals. The hope is that those students will establish careers in the state’s rural areas to resolve a looming physician shortage in the next two decades.
In addition to Aspirus and NTC, the new campus also plans to partner with Ministry Health Care and Marshfield Clinic, along with the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.
Last fall, college representatives were approached by business and community leaders in Wausau to consider the former Liberty headquarters as the home for its community-based medical education program.
“We strongly considered the use of the Liberty Mutual Insurance building and are extremely grateful for the assistance of Liberty Mutual’s executives as well as numerous community leaders,” John R. Raymond Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO, said in the release. “We regret that ultimately the beautiful building was just too large for the needs of the program.”
The medical college will make its temporary home in the third floor of an addition to Aspirus’ operating rooms. Hattem said hospital officials did not have a definite plan for the space, and are happy to allow the medical college to use the space for the short-term future.
Officials from Northcentral Technical College could not be reached for comment Tuesday; the school is closed July 1 through July 5.
The community medical education program addresses the need for providers in under-served communities across Wisconsin and uses a teaching model in which students receive core basic science and clinical experience in the community, teaching with other practitioners and encouraging students to practice in the communities where they train.
The medical college in coming months will begin design development for the facilities within both Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College. Student recruitment will begin in spring 2014.
June 17, 2013
From pricecountydaily.com: “NTC’s Phillips campus to see expansion” – Northcentral Technical College’s (NTC) North Campus in Phillips is gearing up for an expansion project aimed at better meet the needs of community industries and accommodating the swelling number of learners advancing their skills and knowledge there.
“We’re seeing some extraordinary growth at the campus in Phillips,” NTC Dean Roberta Damrow said when introducing the project to city officials at the June 4 meeting of the Phillips Committee of the Whole.
In 2012, the campus served around 1,200 learners, some of them on paths of continuing education and others enrolled fulltime.
Damrow described last year’s enrollment total as “unprecedented” for Phillips.
Beyond student growth, additions aim at addressing the needs of local employees as determined through community meetings, according to Damrow.
Damrow said that NTC “heard loud and clear” that a machine shop was needed along with a means for building technical skills in machining. Reps of the college also picked up on the fact that local industries would like to see a manufacturing technician degree added. The area of study prepares learners to be, as Damrow puts it, “a jack of all trades,” and draws on skill-sets in electronics, welding, and machining as needed.
“So, we’re working on some curriculum development, but what that means is that we didn’t have enough room,” Damrow said.
She presented a printout of the campus to help illustrate to city officials where the two additions are going.
The first part of the expansion project will put 2,300 square feet worth of added flex lab space on the front of the existing lab wing.
A 4,500 square-foot classroom addition is planned for the south end of the building. Key features of the new space include meeting and ITV distance education areas as well as two large classrooms. Able to accommodate up to 100 people at a time, the classrooms will be available for community events outside of instruction hours.
“That’s something we wanted to be able to do to be a good community partner,” Damrow said.
The expansion will bring the total size of campus facilities from 17,500 to 23,5000 square-feet. That’s a great departure from the original campus building, a green number covering only about 5,000 square-feet. This relatively humble building served Phillips learners from the time NTC’s North Campus was founded in 1987 until 2010, when an extensive renovation project wrapped up thanks to the donation of land and a warehouse building by Phillips Plastics.
“So, we’re going to be able to accommodate a lot more learners,” Damrow said.
Last year, NTC’s North Campus in Phillips saw learners from a total of 19 counties and four states.
“People are coming from many different areas to live and work and be in this community, and they’re taking classes to kind of get retooled,” Damrow said.
The project will be funded using money in NTC’s capital budget.
“[Funding] goes to where the demand is, and we were able to show a demand,” Damrow said.
Bids for the project are slated to be opened sometime in July, with a late-July ground breaking tentatively scheduled. The goal is to have the additions ready in time for the start of second semester classes in January.
June 17, 2013
From postcrescent.com: “Meeting current, future workforce needs takes priority” – Educational and industry leaders are taking a proactive approach to ensure businesses have the skilled workers they need today and in the future.
From partnerships between technical colleges, K-12 education and business groups to efforts by private firms to groom employees for future leadership roles, numerous efforts are underway to keep workers’ skills current and ensure a steady stream of ready-to-employ people are available tomorrow.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. in Appleton and its parent, Illinois Tool Works, have been internally discussing workforce needs for years but stepped up efforts the past two years, said Craig Treichel, group human resources manager for Miller.
“It wasn’t something that was just brought up in a memo one day and we started looking at it,” Treichel said.
It involved a cultural change within the company, which makes welding equipment, to get employees and leadership to begin thinking about the future, he said.
One area Miller has focused on is leadership development. Current employees, who are seen by management with leadership potential, are provided opportunities to work for different parts of the business and in different jobs at different locations.
The idea is to give those people exposure to as many aspects of the business as possible to give them an understanding of the entire operation, Treichel said.
“We’re trying to develop a well-thought-out plan to expose our people to different things,” he said. “Mobility also is an important quality as we become more global as a company.”
The nation is getting older and so are its workers.
The Census Bureau said in 2006 that 14.5 percent of the nation’s labor force consisted of people 65 and older. The bureau projected at that time the number could reach 19.7 percent by 2014.
The Government Accountability Office projects that by 2015, about one-fifth of the nation’s workforce would be made up of people 55 and older.
Higher costs for healthcare, longer life spans and lack of retirement savings are some of reasons cited by the government why people are working longer.
But eventually people do stop working and in some instances take decades of industry knowledge with them.
At Kiel-based Amerequip Corp., a maker of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural and construction industries, the company has established partnerships with Fox Valley high schools and regional technical colleges to develop training programs to keep its workers up to date and to introduce teens to manufacturing.
Mike VanderZanden, CEO at Amerequip, said its boot camp, which partners with Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, is a 16-week program. It’s a combination of classroom work and on site training, which gives students real-world experience and provides opportunities for employees to share their knowledge.
“(The students) are getting paid and getting credits at the same time,” he said. “They’re also getting real experience in a profession they want to get into.”
Partnerships between business and educators are essential to ensure students are learning skills that meet employers’ needs, said David Eckmann, economic development director for the Marathon County Economic Development Corp.
He pointed to Northcentral Technical College in Wausau’s centers for excellence, which addresses workforce issues in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and wood technology.
“The centers do more to train the incumbent workforce to keep their skills current,” Eckmann said.
Another Marathon County initiative, “The Heavy Metal Bus Tour,” targets high school students who may be interested in manufacturing careers.
It’s not just a field trip for students to visit businesses, Eckmann said.
“For the companies who participate, they spend time with the students, explain to them the skills needed for specific jobs and what the potential salary could be,” he said. “It gives manufacturers the opportunity to show students what they are about.”
The program has had participants from 10 school districts in the Marathon County area since it launched about two years ago, Eckmann said.
Across the board needs
Chris Matheny, vice president for instructional services at Fox Valley Technical College in Grand Chute, said industries including health care and advanced manufacturing, are in a constant cycle of shortages and hiring booms.
About five years ago more conversation emerged about need for skilled workers and challenges to fill available positions, Matheny said.
“Even during the recession, students from some of our programs still were seeing high rates of placement (after graduation) in the 80 to 90 percent range,” Matheny said.
On FVTC’s website, www.fvtc.edu/fall2013, the college details program openings for its upcoming fall and spring terms, which have strong employment outlook. In the college’s latest annual graduate employment research report, it shows 89 percent of its graduates find jobs within six months of graduating.
Some of FVTCs high placement programs include automotive and diesel technology, electrical technology, engineering electronics design and manufacturing, truck driving and emergency medical technician.
Matheny said programs offered at the college are based on input from advisory panels, which include business and community leaders. These relationships are important to keep curriculums current and ensure what students are learning meets employers needs, he said.
“Employers come to us say they need skilled workers and students come to us saying they want to know where the jobs are so they can get to work quickly after they graduate,” he said. “It’s been a good way for us to connect (our graduates) with high-demand careers.”
June 6, 2013
From agriview.com: “Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: Multiple possibilities” – The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is an opportunity for beginning farmers to “earn while they learn.” It’s the first legally recognized, fully accredited apprenticeship for farming in the U.S. This GrassWorks initiative provides a “guided pathway” to independent farm ownership, or as an alternative, a management post on a grass-based dairy.
Aspiring and/or current beginning graziers (i.e. Apprentices) are linked to veteran “Master” graziers for on-farm training/employment, while Apprentices also go through formal classroom schooling. The aim is to transfer dairy farms, equip new dairy producers to establish operations of their own, or provide the industry with highly skilled dairy-farm managers.
Joe Tomandl III, a Medford dairy grazier featured this week on Agri-View’s front page, is program director for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, and administered through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (similar to development of Master plumbers, electricians or other skilled trades). A Journey Dairy Grazier is the credentialed equivalent of a technical school degree, says Tomandl.
DGA is comprised of 4,000 paid hours of on-farm training over two years (the equivalent of a full-time job). An Apprentice is getting paid by the Mentor Dairy Grazier, Tomandl explains. Most of those hours are on-farm experience under the guidance of an approved Master Dairy Grazier, who is aided in transferring knowledge and grazing prowess by following a job book for competencies provided by DGA. The Master Dairy Grazier pays the Apprentice on a pay scale established by the program.
The remaining 288 hours are paid related instruction, which include courses through the Wisconsin Technical College System and University of Wisconsin as well as participation in pasture walks, farming conferences and peer-to-peer discussion groups.
Tomandl says it’s required that Apprentices attend the UW School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers’s grazing seminar, broadcast remotely throughout the state during the winter months. They also take an on-line soils class offered by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and three seminar-style classes from Northcentral Technical College at Wausau on topics like dairy health and milk quality. Apprentices are even reimbursed for time spent in class.
Participants become Dairy Grazing Apprentices, Journey Dairy Graziers, and finally Master Dairy Graziers. DGA also provides Apprentices and Masters financial planning services through Cadwallader Consulting, LLC, and is developing models of equity building, farm start-up, and farm transfer.
DGA, which will be two years old in July, has “graduated” Journey Dairy Graziers. Tomandl says three now have their own farms, and one is managing a farm. Nine Apprentices are placed on farms at present (seven in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota).
Tomandl says there’s a sizeable candidate list – everyone from high school grads to mid-lifers looking for a second career. Applicants, who must be 18, fill out a profile on the DGA website (www.dairygrazingapprenticeship.org) which only approved Master Dairy Graziers can access. Potential Master Dairy Graziers (i.e. mentor/employers) also fill out applications on this website, to be approved by an oversight committee. Tomandl says a Master must have five years experience minimum in managed grazing and be “serious about mentoring.” They undergo an interview and farm visit (by Tomandl).
DGA then “back away” and lets the Master Dairy Graziers (of which there are 23 at this time) peruse the candidates to find someone they feel would be suitable to mentor/employ on their farm.
DGA is funded by a federal grant from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within USDA. Tomandl notes that Wisconsin’s program may serve as a “national template,” for expansion nationwide.
Tomandl says there’s a need for Master Dairy Graziers. Why become one? In part, to shape the future of Wisconsin’s dairy industry by sharing and transferring knowledge to a next-generation grazier. Master Dairy Graziers also gain a motivated Apprentice who will be an asset to their operation during the learning process. The established farmer also receives assistance in exploring new models of farm investment and expansion, equity building and possible farm transfer. Not only is this a way to pass a grass-based dairy farm to a beginning farmer but it might also be a way for an existing operator to expand, by perhaps investing in a second farm or satellite operation, which a graduated Journey grazier manages and/or eventually buys into.
Tomandl sees DGA eventually going a step farther with investment by agribusiness and others with an interest in seeing stable-to-increasing dairy farm numbers in Wisconsin. Perhaps, he muses, “Joe Farmer” is ready to sell his farm, but doesn’t want to do a land contract with a beginning grazier – specifically, a Journey Dairy Grazier. Still, he’d really like his farm to remain as a viable, independent operation n the future. Tomandl is hopeful that eventually DGA could help secure capital that could help establish that Journey Dairy Grazier on Joe Farmer’s farm, instead of Joe Farmer selling off his herd and the land swallowed up by cash-cropping or converted to some other use.
Tomandl stresses that DGA is looking for industry support and will be rolling out an industry-sponsorship campaign in the near future.
Just because grazing is DGA’s chosen method of establishing new dairy farmers in the business doesn’t mean the model can’t work for that producer who, let’s say, has a 55-cow conventional dairy, Tomandl points out. While that operation might not cash flow for a young farmer to farm it conventionally, it could be transitioned to grazing relatively easily, with a bare-bones parlor, fencing and lanes, so that next generation might take the cow herd up to 150 and cash flow the enterprise. He foresees both outside investors of various sorts and even farmers looking to reinvest in the future of agriculture purchasing even a conventional dairy farm, putting the “best of the best” on it to manage it as a grass-based dairy.
That Journey Dairy Grazier might secure a Farm Service Agency beginning farmer loan, purchase cattle and equipment, and lease that farm for five years or so, and then start buying in. No matter the “pathway,” the ultimate goal is that a farm be transferred to a young farmer, Tomandl stresses.
This producer thinks Wisconsin agriculture needs creative solutions. With the average age of a farmer in the mid-to-late 50s, in the next two decades, he says this country will see a “huge land transition.” Wisconsin agriculture has an opportunity to “sculpt what agriculture looks like” down the road. He thinks that a conventional 55-cow dairy can easily be made-over into 120 to 150-cow grazing operation that’s financially viable for a well-trained beginning farmer to operate and expand.
Tomandl believes grazing as a tool for transitioning farms is “smart business” for the dairy industry, and it makes good environmental sense, too. He encourages industry, farmers near retirement and/or those looking to creatively expand their operation, as well as, of course, people looking at making dairy farming their career to visit DGA’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tomandl at 715-560-0389.