(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is pleased to announce the development of a new Center of Excellence in Communication Technologies made possible through a generous donation from the Dudley Foundation. The $250,000 donation will support “Studio 7,” a Center of Excellence named in honor of Richard David Dudley and his dedication to his community and his career in broadcasting and communication.

"Studio 7 is an excellent tribute to our father, Dick Dudley, who helped bring the first television station, WSAW/Channel 7, to central Wisconsin in 1954. Now, the next generation of communication professionals will begin careers and enterprises right here in Wausau just like Dick Dudley did. We expect great outcomes from this partnership, including exciting new career opportunities for NTC communication graduates. We are excited and proud to participate in this project and are grateful for our ongoing partnership with NTC," said Ann Dudley Shannon, president of the Dudley Foundation.

The Center for Excellence in Communication Technologies will bring NTC’s programs in Graphic Communication Technologies, Printing, Marketing, Web Design, Digital Marketing and Video Production programs together into an area of collaboration and innovation—the only one of its kind in central Wisconsin. Studio 7 will be a comprehensive, collaborative and creative space that will prepare students, employers, and community members for the new age in communication technologies; expand cultural/media literacy into the greater Wausau community;  empower creative voices to create, express and communicate by providing equipment and technical training; make Wausau a production hub for film/video content creation; provide equipment and facilities to create engaging multimedia content; and foster a creative community in Central Wisconsin to support local businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in their communication efforts. This new state-of-the-art, visionary space will incorporate an inclusive environment, high-tech software, multimedia robotics, advanced equipment, and an enhanced curriculum to include project-based learning.

“The Dudley family has been a longstanding supporter of the College and our students,” said Dr. Jeannie Worden, President, NTC. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them on this new venture which both honors the amazing legacy of Dick Dudley and positions the College and our learners to positively impact the future of the communication technology industry.”

NTC’s vision for Studio 7 expands beyond the classroom and embraces opportunities to discover, share and celebrate the uniqueness of central Wisconsin through an annual film/video festival, cultural projects, video production workshops and more. The College also plans to partner with community organizations and area businesses that need production space or services to enhance their communication needs. 

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Northcentral Technical College (www.ntc.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau Campus in the Village of Maine.  The Wausau Campus also features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business & Industry, Information Technology & Entrepreneurial Center (iTEC), STEM Center, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center of Excellence, SPOONS restaurant, Studio Max Salon + Spa and a Center for Geriatric Education.