Centers of Excellence

Educational Programs Designed Around the Region’s Top Industries

Agribusiness, industrial and wood manufacturing, and public safety are strong sectors of business and economic development in Marathon County — an area rich in forests, farms, communities and advanced manufacturing sites. To ensure these established sectors continue to thrive, Northcentral Technical College’s four Centers of Excellence provide educational and training programs that benefit both workers and businesses. 

Agriculture Center of Excellence. As part of a collaborative project with Dairyland State Academy, the Center provides agribusiness instruction and training to assist students in the management of the herd, nutrition, crops, equipment, buildings and business matters.

Apprenticeship Center of Excellence. This Center provides dedicated space for apprenticeship students to study with faculty and journey persons to prepare them for highly skilled trades. Manufacturing and industrial apprenticeship opportunities include:

  • Electrician (construction)
  • Electrician (industrial)
  • Electrical & Instrumentation
  • Instrumentation
  • Mason
  • Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter
  • Sheetmetal

Public Safety Center of Excellence. The Center provides classroom and virtual simulation training and continuing education required of the area’s 14,000 public safety professionals. Areas of expertise include criminal justice, fire, emergency medical services, traffic safety and emergency management. A state certified burn facility, splash tower and driving simulator are accessible to students.

Wood Technology Center of Excellence. Training at the center is a collaborative effort supported by county and local government, K-12 schools and local wood manufacturers to provide high skilled training in a 27,000 square-foot facility for those interested in a career in the wood manufacturing industry.


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