(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Beginning in Fall 2020, students at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) can select from eight new degree programs created in response to job market changes and the needs of current and prospective students.

“We recognize that many families are considering alternatives to having their son or daughter go off to college this fall due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19,” said Lori Weyers, President, NTC. “Our new Liberal Arts Transfer degree gives students an opportunity to earn their AA or AS degree locally at NTC and then transfer to any UW college, with guaranteed transfer to UW-Madison.”

Applications are now being accepted for new programs in Civil Engineering Technology, Business Operations, Crop Scout, Hospitality Specialist, Human Resources, Paralegal, Liberal Arts and Supply Chain Assistant. Business Operations, Hospitality Specialist, Human Resources, Paralegal and Supply Chain Assistant are offered 100% online through NTC’s most flexible option, Virtual College.

“Each new program is a direct result of feedback from our businesses and community partners,” said Weyers. “Students can expect to be in high demand for high paying careers upon graduation.”

For more information or to apply to one of NTC’s new programs, please visit www.ntc.edu or contact Admissions at 715. 803.1645.

Overview of New Programs

Business Operations Technical Degree

This program prepares learners to work in an existing business setting in an operational or lead role, or combine the skills learned to plan for opening their own business.

Average Starting Salary: $20,070 - $60,330

Potential Occupations Include: Administrative Office Manager, Operations Manager, Production Lead, Store Manager, Facility Manager and Team Lead

Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree

This program prepares learners to support Civil Engineers in the delivery of projects that keep our communities moving forward now and into the future. With the future of technology directly driving modern Engineering, learners will also explore the development and application of related ‘Smart’ technologies, including Virtual Reality tools, scanning technology, and the use of drones.

Average Starting Salary: $35,276 - $44,106

Potential Occupations Include: Survey or CAD Technician, Assistant Construction Engineering
Estimator, Municipal or State Engineering Technician and Civil Engineering Technician

Crop Scout Technical Diploma

This program prepares learners to inspect farm fields and record weed, insect, disease and other observations. Learners will locate, identify and diagnose crop diseases or pest infestation areas that may impact crop yield while utilizing technology such as drone areal images, GPS and hands-on inspection techniques.

Average Starting Salary: $19,968 - $33,696

Potential Occupations Include: Field Supervisor, Crop Insurance Professional, Crop Research Assistant, Agriculture Sales Representative, Custom Applicator, Pesticide Application Specialist and Crop Scout

Human Resources Associate Degree

This program prepares learners to have a well-rounded study in the Human Resources profession within the context of the fundamentals of a business organization, finance, management and related studies. This program provides the learner with training in a broad range of Human Resource topics including: employment law, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and safety programs.

Average Starting Salary: $24,487 - $30,285

Potential Occupations Include: Staffing Coordinator, Labor Relations Specialist, Training and Development Specialist, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, Hiring Coordinator and Human Resources Generalist

Hospitality Specialist Technical Degree

This program prepares learners to begin or advance their career in the hospitality industry with an emphasis on providing opportunities for interacting with the public. If you are just starting your career in hospitality or looking to improve your current standing, you can gain additional knowledge to excel in the hospitality sector.

Average Starting Salary: $19,319 - $28,130

Potential Occupations Include: Health Club Assistant, Concierge, Reservations Agent, Event Planner, Guest Room Sales Associate, Catering Coordinator, Front Desk Associate

Liberal Arts Transfer Associate Degree

This program prepares learners to transfer to a four-year university. The program provides students with an excellent foundation for continuing in higher education and includes guaranteed transfer to UW-Madison if requirements are met.

Pre-Major Disciplines Include: Arts and Humanities, Economic and Pre-Business, Pre-professional Health and Science, Math and Technology

Paralegal Associate Degree

This program prepares learners to draft and interpret legal documents; select, compile and use technical information; analyze and resolve legal procedural problems; and recognize and manage potential ethical conflicts. In addition, graduates of this program will be able to provide support and prepare attorneys for investigation and interviews. This program will include a Paralegal internship where students will practice the skills and knowledge gained in the program.

Average Starting Salary: $23,691 - $51,924

Potential Occupations Include: Legal Secretary, Court Clerk and Paralegal

Supply Chain Assistant Technical Degree

This program prepares learners to support workforce readiness and upward mobility for entry-level, operational and supervisory level supply chain employees. As an Embedded Technical Degree, this program ladders fully into the Supply Chain Management Associate Degree program.

Average Starting Salary: $26,144 - $38,984

Potential Occupations Include: Materials Planner, Purchasing Assistant, Procurement Assistant, Inventory Analyst, Scheduler


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.