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    March 28, 2022


    NWWIB sponsors free 12-Week Machine Tool Basics Training instructed by Northwood Tech

    The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) is sponsoring a 12-week Machine Tool Basics training course for eligible participants through the NWWIB’s Support to Communities program. This course will run from June 4th – August 23rd, 2022. The course is free to those who meet certain program eligibility criteria.

    The Machine Tool Basics training course will assist Douglas County area employers fill their job vacancies. In November of 2021, the Northwest Wisconsin Business Services Team toured Fraser Shipyards and Lake Assault Boats and spoke directly to staff and the operations team. The message from the tour was clear when asked about what an entry level machinist needs to be successful: “Applications.  Applications.  Applications. If somebody knows the different types of metals, how to read prints, and the basics on math, the rest the senior team members and shop staff will [teach the rest].”

    The Machine Tool Basics certificate will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level job success in the manufacturing field. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of machining and print reading related to manufacturing. This program is a partnership between the NWWIB and Northwood Technical College, who will be providing the instruction. The curriculum includes: Print Reading for Machine Trades, Machine Tool Applications, OSHA 10 General Industry for Machine Tool, and CPR/AED/Basic First Aid. Students who complete the training will earn a certificate and be able to apply industry recognized safety practices and procedures in the workplace. The credits earned from this training may be applied to the Machine Tool Technical Diploma at Northwood Technical College giving students an advantage if they decide to pursue further education.

    “We wanted to create a program that would allow individuals to succeed as entry level machinists right out of the program,” said Scott Schultz, Director of Industry and Innovation for the NWWIB. “We also wanted individuals to have the option to pursue a full Technical Diploma if they so choose. Training options work for different people at different times in their lives, and the NWWIB and Northwood Technical College understand that and want the program to allow for individuals to choose what will work best for them.”

    For more information about Machine Tool Basics,
    please contact Scott Schultz, Director of Industry & Innovation, at sschultz@nwwib.com or 715-201-8493.
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    The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is one of over 600 Workforce Boards in the U.S. and is responsible for the oversight of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other training and employment initiatives in northwest Wisconsin, including the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn. The NWWIB Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, workforce development partners, and tribal representatives who are committed to creating a workforce system that meets the needs of the employers and workers in the region. For more information about this board, please visit www.nwwib.com.
    Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. If you have a disability and need assistance with this information, please call us through Wisconsin Relay Service (7-1-1) or at 800-947-3529. To request information in an alternate format, including language assistance or translation of the information, please contact us at (715)-685-1425.

    Melissa Rabska, Director of Operations & Communications

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