NTC adjusts to meet employer demands in IT, nursing, manufacturing
March 24, 2014
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “Information technology, nursing head list of local jobs” — WAUSAU — Information technology is on the A-list of in-demand jobs in Marathon County right now.
Laurie Borowicz, vice president of student services at Northcentral Technical College, says the college is doing its best to keep up with demand for positions in the IT field.
“We could take 50 more students in IT tomorrow if we could find them,” Borowicz said. “That’s probably our issue right now, is finding people, getting people into these high-demand programs.”
The technical college is trying to make it easier for students to take the IT track by offering more courses in the evenings and online, she said.
Jim Warsaw, economic development director for Marathon County Development Corp., said there’s a growing concentration of IT and technology-related businesses in the Wausau area and those employers currently can’t openings.
“NTC doubled their graduating class in IT and it still isn’t enough to keep up with demand,” Warsaw said.
In addition to IT, Warsaw said, other popular positions in the area include welding, skilled trades, manufacturing, health care, sales and nursing.
Most job activity, he said, is with companies that were prepared to come out of the recession when things turned around, most of which are larger employers.
“Small businesses are still trying to cope with the recession’s impact on their cash flows and equity positions,” Warsaw said.
The job of certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is big right now, according to Marathon County Job Center W2 job developer David Cruz.
One reason for that growth is that it’s easier to get started in a certified nursing course than in a registered nursing program, Cruz said.
Overall, the unemployment picture has improved in Marathon County over the past year.
The most recent figures from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development show the December 2013 unemployment rate for Marathon County at 5.7 percent. That’s nearly a full percentage point better than the 6.6 percent registered in December 2012.