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Manufacturing programs shifts into high gear with new associate degree



Manufacturing program had a strong start and is now expanding thanks to recent state approval for the college to offer the new two-year Industrial Mechanic Technician associate degree.

“This is fantastic news for students interested in getting advanced levels of training in the manufacturing field and for area employers needing the skills these graduates will have to offer,” said Brigitte Parsons, dean of Trade and Industry at Nicolet.

Nicolet started its Manufacturing training program in the fall of 2010 with a short-term, six-credit certificate with the goal of continually adding higher level of training. The two-year, 65-credit associate degree was recently approved by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.

“The beauty of it is area residents will be able to get this advanced level of training right here in the Northwoods,” she said. The next round of classes start Jan. 23.

Also new in January is a sequence of welding classes that will allow students to earn the Welding Technician diploma in eight months. In this accelerated format students will take classes through the summer and graduate in August. In the past, this diploma took a year to complete.

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