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The Nicolet College Foundation kicks off its biggest fundraising event of the year Tuesday when A Day for Nicolet gets underway throughout the Northwoods.

The event is designed to raise money for student scholarships says Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock. She says the goal is to bring the donor in to see how their money helps students...

A wide majority of students attending Nicolet Area Technical College receive some form of financial aid.

There has been talk recently of students across the country with large financial aid bills. Recently, President Obama has proposed a $60 billion plan to provide two years of community college for free, to help lower student debt.

Nicolet's Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price....

"....for students taking six credits or more it's somewhere between 70-75 percent of our students get some form of financial aid...."

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The demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to grow by more than 30 percent nationally in the next decade. To meet  demand for trained counselors, Nicolet College is offering a technical diploma beginning this fall.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the training involves 28 credits in related subjects...

"....they will be offered through Nicolet, it's a collaborative project between Nicolet and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. We wrote a grant together given the really high increase in the problems in the state of Wisconsin...."

Nicolet College will be celebrating 25 years having an Associate Degree Nursing Program on May 3.

Current and former Nursing faculty and staff will be on hand that afternoon along with special guests and former students are welcome.

Dean of Health Occupations Dr. Lenore Blemke says initially the nursing program was shared with North Central Technical College but once it was proven there was enough enrollment from the Northwoods, the program has thrived...

The Nicolet Board of Trustees has announced five candidates for the college’s new president, including two local finalists. 

All five candidates are scheduled to interview on campus later this month, and each will hold an open forum with the public.

The finalists include:

Kenneth Urban, Interim President of Nicolet College.  Prior to his current position he has served as Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Student Success at Nicolet;

Daniel Grolau, Human Resources Director at Nicolet.  He has held the position since 2005;

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Later this month, the public along with students and staff at Nicolet College will get a chance to talk with finalists for the President's job.

Board of Trustees chair Ron Zimmerman also chairs the presidential search team. He says they recently reduced the candidate list from 21 down to five. The finalists will be on campus February 17 and 18. The candidates will first meet with the board...

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The process began Tuesday that is likely to result in a new full-time president at Nicolet Area Technical College next summer.

College Board member Ron Zimmerman is on the search committee...

"....what are the things we're trying to accomplish, what's the time line for those things to get a new president. Our goal is to have a new president by the July time frame..."

Zimmerman says that is the start of the next fiscal year. He says part of the reason for a long process is because the college is going through an accreditation  process...

If all approvals are received, students at the Lakeland campus of Nicolet Area Technical College will be able to experience technology that brings a remote classroom to feel almost like they are there.
Proposed remodeling work at the Minocqua campus includes enhancement of Instructional TV rooms, or ITV. Nicolet Dean Chuck Komp describes to Ken Krall what the technology will do....

More discussion on the Lakeland Campus remodel is on the Nicolet College Board of Trustees meeting at 5:00 p.m. tonight(8/18) at the University Transfer Room.

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see! Hot up-and-comers, current stars, absolute legends - the artists that take the Nicolet College LRC Theatre stage are some of the finest in the world and deliver performances packed with diverse musical styles and sounds! 


Nicolet College in Rhinelander has

picked up a $1.9 million dollar state grant which will train more than 300 area workers in high-demand technical jobs.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson made the announcement. Kleefisch says the idea is to get the money to the tech colleges to close specific job openings sooner rather than later....

Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique  is  all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes  held  in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.

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College's departing president says she will greatly miss the Northwoods.

Tuesday, Libby Burmaster told staff she was returning to her hometown of Frederick, Maryland to be president of the community college there.

Burmaster succeeded Adrian Lorbetske at Nicolet in 2009. She had been Superintendent of the state Department of Public Instruction prior to coming to Nicolet. She says she loves the school and the Northwoods and enjoyed the work put in by the communities for the college...

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Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster told staff at the college Tuesday she has accepted the presidency at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.

Burmaster was named president of Nicolet Area Technical College in 2009, succeeding Adrian Lorbetske. Burmaster is a native of Frederick.

More than 60 applicants applied for the Frederick Community College opening according to the Maryland college's website.

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has begun talking about the process they would take should they need to hire a new president.

Nicolet College President Libby Burmaster has been listed as a finalist for the president's position at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. She had been a finalist for the presidency of Edgewood College in Madison. Edgewood College this week announced Dr. Scott Flanagan, a vice-president at the school, as it's president.

A gallery exhibition at Nicolet College closes Friday. It features paper and book arts made by people involved with the Mill, an arts nonprofit based in Rhinelander. 

Executive Director Daniel Goscha says the show is a kind of retrospective of the nonprofit’s first year. 

“It is a very diverse show.  There’s examples of book arts, of printmaking, of letterpress and cyanotype.  So it really is a broad show in terms of featuring paper making and book arts and all of the many facets that can take.”