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Middle Schoolers to Attend 4th Annual “Heavy Metal Tour”

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Kelsi Seubert
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 715.803.1509
Email: seubert@ntc.edu

October 7, 2015 (All day)
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Over 3,500 8th grade students throughout North Central Wisconsin will take part in the 4th Annual “Heavy Metal Tour” on Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is made possible due to the partnership of the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturer’s Alliance (CWIMMA), in collaboration with Northcentral Technical College, Nicolet College and Mid-State Technical College.
The premise of the tour is to showcase and promote educational and career opportunities in welding, fabricating, machining, engineering, and manufacturing trades. Eighth grade students in 10 counties will receive innovative tours of hi-tech manufacturing facilities in their local communities and a presentation and lunch sponsored by either Northcentral Technical College, Nicolet College or Mid-State Technical College, about innovative career pathways in the manufacturing industry and outline pathways to success after high school.
A survey performed internally by 29 of 32 CWIMMA employers outlined that the regional members of the alliance need to fill 1,559 skilled labor positions in the next 3 years. Additionally, most employers will those the majority of their most skilled workforce to retirements by the “Baby Boomer” generation over the next 10 years. This year’s tour will yield participation from 55 regional manufacturers and over 3,500 students.
According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2022 Wisconsin is on pace to lead the nation in manufacturing job growth. However, as the population declines and unemployment continues to drop it has become harder for employers to find skilled laborers to compete in their labor markets. “Hopefully, today’s creative, young minds, can become tomorrow’s leaders in Manufacturing,” –John Peterson President/Schuette Metals/ CWIMMA
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