"esports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world," said Darren Ackley, NTC’s Vice President for Learning. “Students who join our esports team will have the opportunity to pursue their passion for gaming while earning a degree in one of our 150+ industry driven programs."
A position on the esports roster will be competitively available to all interested NTC students. Three varsity teams made up of 14-28 team members will compete in collegiate leagues against teams from across the United States.
"We anticipate that faculty from our academic programs will collaborate closely with the esports teams to create pathways for our students to experience hands-on learning while earning digital badges in game design and creation,” said Ackley. "Through participation on our competitive esports teams, students will gain skills in leadership, communication and teamwork.”
The teams will compete and practice in a brand new, state of the art esports arena currently under construction at the NTC Wausau campus. The 1,200 square foot arena will feature 24 high end gaming computers, chairs and desks. The space will also feature a 98” TV for reviewing film as a team, as well as a three additional TVs with console gaming stations for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. A broadcast room will be attached to the arena for casters and analysts to live stream and commentate on games. When not being used by the varsity esports team, the space will be available to student groups, local K-12 districts and other community organizations.
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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 seven convenient locations and three Centers of Excellence in Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Phillips, Spencer, Wausau and Wittenberg.