(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is pleased to announce that students saved over $1 million through a new affordable textbook initiative during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students were given day one access to digital educational resources rather than being required to purchase standard textbooks for their classes. These online resources were provided through a partnership between NTC and Cengage, a global education technology company and the largest U.S.-based college course materials provider.

Students were given access to Cengage Unlimited, a subscription-based service with unlimited access to more than 22,000 digital course materials including eBooks, online homework, study guides and more at a flat cost. With the program, students can know exactly how much they will spend on their education. NTC is one of more than 150 institutions who partner with Cengage to deliver affordable access to learning materials at scale. 

"NTC's unique partnership with Cengage gets our students access to academically rigorous resources, which could typically cost up to several hundred dollars a piece, at a fraction of the cost,” said Dr. Emily Stuckenbruck, Executive Dean of Academic Excellence at NTC. “It ensures we are providing the high quality, cost-effective, accessible education we are so well known for!"

“The cost of course materials is a barrier for many students and our partnership with NTC is designed to address affordability issues while providing access to quality learning,” said Fernando Bleichmar, EVP and General Manager, U.S. Higher Education at Cengage. “And it’s exciting to see NTC’s proactive approach to lower costs with Cengage Unlimited is having a clear impact on savings, value and learning benefit for students.”

Registration for summer and fall classes at NTC is now open at www.ntc.edu.


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.

About Cengage 

Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. We serve the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching, and workforce training markets worldwide.  We believe that through the power and joy of learning, students can enrich their lives and achieve their dreams – no matter their age, experience, abilities, or environment. Our industry-leading products and services make education more accessible and affordable, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on LinkedIn or Twitter