Nicolet Area Technical College

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A Nicolet College group is heading to Guatemala Friday.  Most of the ten travelers are students at Nicolet - but not all.  The age range of those going is between 18 and 66. 

Trip leader Ocie Kilgus teaches Spanish and English classes at Nicolet Area Technical College.  She says they’ll spend 16 days in Guatemala’s second largest city.

"It’s called Quetzaltenango, and it’s in the Western Highlands.  It’s about three hours away from the capital city."

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Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill in Rhinelander that he says will help employers get more skilled workers to companies. Youth Apprenticeship integrates high school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in skills defined by Wisconsin industries. It works with local school districts and the area technical colleges.

No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.

The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.

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Nicolet College will put together two mobile classrooms by next year.  

The project is thanks to a grant from the federal department of labor, totaling almost three-quarters of a million dollars.  Nicolet President Libby Burmaster says the classrooms will serve as a new kind of educational platform.

“And so instead of students traveling to campus, we’re taking some of the classroom instruction to them, which is gonna make training in these credentials available to people in a whole new way.”


The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has voted to postpone a decision on sending proposals to remodel the Learning Resources Center to the state for review.

Meeting last night in Lac du Flambeau, the board decided it was better to put a community committee together to decide the best course of action.

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Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.


A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries.  Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students.  Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl.  Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event.  Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.

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Winners have been announced for the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

  The 26 winning works chosen by the judge hail from 17 states, and five are from Wisconsin.  The winners will take home a total of $8500 in prize money.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski met with competition judge and visual artist James Pace to hear about his selection process for the exhibition.

Prize-winning works and the rest of the nearly 90 pieces in the juried exhibition will be on display at the Nicolet College gallery through September 6th.  

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Tuesday night marks the opening of the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

The exhibition features 86 works from around the country.  Visual artist James Pace selected the pieces.  At the opening reception Pace will speak about why he chose the works he did, and announce the winning recipients of  $8500 in total prize money.  Pace says the selections in the show represent a wide variety of media, styles and subjects.

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Nicolet Area Technical College is working with Oldenburg Group, which has a facility west of  Rhinelander, to get more welders in the workforce.

Oldenburg makes equipment for military operations and mining.

Dean of Trades and Industry at Nicolet, Brigitte Parsons says the increased emphasis on programs like welding shows a growing need in the marketplace.


The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has passed a budget for next year that keeps the total tax levy the same as last year.

The local levy stays the same at $20.8 million.

College President Libby Burmaster says they were able to cut one and a half positions from the staff and hold the levy. They have cut 22 staff positions since 2010-11.

She says they were able to find outside dollars...