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Students get a look at the woodworking industry at NTC today

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Northcentral Technical College sign along Merrill Avenue. © 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.
Northcentral Technical College sign along Merrill Avenue. © 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.

ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAU) -- Area high schoolers will get a chance to learn more about the woodworking industry today at Northcentral Technical College in Antigo.

About 140 students will be at the campus today to get a tour of the facility and see what's on offer. NTC Antigo dean Larry Kind says students will get first hand experience with wood tools and machinery. "So we run them through a number of hands on stations, CNC routers, wide belt sanders, computerized saws, glueing stations, and then they get a finished product as a reminder of the skills they learned that day."

Dean says that's important because manufacturing jobs aren't just 'blue collar' anymore. "Careers in manufacturing are very high paying, very much in demand. We want to get rid of that old distinction of what manufacturing careers used to be, and getting kids to come in and see what our facilities are like." A number of employers will also be on hand to talk to the kids. "we also have a chance for them to talk to employers so they can verify that 'this isn't just the college talking, this is what we're looking for as we look to the future of our workforce.'".

The event starts this morning at 8:00am.

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