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Tech School and Local Company Partering Again To Find And Train Local Workers

November 28, 2011

For a second straight year a local manufacturing business and education provider will be giving five people a chance to get a job and proper training for it. Northcentral Technical College Antigo campus and Waukesha Bearings will be partnering up again to help the manufacturer find local people willing to work for them.

NTC Antigo Dean Larry Kind spoke of the program last December during the WATK-AM 900 Arby's Breakfast Club, which has not changed much for this year. "They will select five of the people that we start in our January program, and they will pay them all of their school expenses. They will hire them to work at Waukesha Bearings, with benefits, after a one or two month qualifying period, which is normal for any employer." All those selected will sign a three-year contract to work with Waukesha Bearings.

To be eligible, a person must be a registered participant in NTC's Machine Tool Operator program in Antigo for next spring and take the proper testing on December 22. Based on test results, Waukesha Bearings will then conduct interviews of select individuals they think will be a good fit for the company. Those five that will be selected to take part in the program will be notified by January 9.

Those interested in possibly taking part in the partnership must contact NTC at 715-623-7601, extension 7308 to register for the test.

Kind says that due to the high demand for machinists in north central Wisconsin, those not selected to work with Waukesha Bearings can still be a part of the spring education program to possibly get work elsewhere. He adds that the tech school is willing to work with individuals to apply for financial aid and scholarships to help pay for the course.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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