Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is a community technical college in Wasau, Wisconsin. The college was founded as the Wausau Industrial School in 1912. Today, NTC’s catchment area includes Marathon, Lincoln, Taylor, Price, Waupaca, Shawano, Langlade, Monominee, Portage, and Clark counties. In addition to the man campus, there are regional centers in Wittenberg, Antigo, Spencer, Medford, Phillips, and Merrill. NTC is a member of the 16-school Wisconsin Technical College System.
All instruction at NTC is informed by their core beliefs, as explained on the school’s website:
Learner Focus: We believe in an educational environment that exceeds learner expectations and helps them reach their unique potential.
Continuous Learning We believe in a learning organization comprised of individuals who are competent, forward thinking, accountable, caring and collaborative.
Ingenuity: We believe in innovation of learning and services through creativity and forward thinking.
Access: We believe in access for all learners through geographic, financial, service, and learning delivery alternatives.
Service to Community: We believe in service to our communities to meet their economic and educational needs.
Diversity: We believe in diversity of thought, culture, opinion, economic status, age, gender and physical capabilities.
Culture of Professionalism: We believe in a culture that exudes professionalism, treating internal and external customers with integrity and respect.
NTC offers certificates and associate degrees in a wide variety of agricultural, business, community service, health, safety, and technical areas. For students who wish to earn a certificate quickly, NTC offers accelerated certificates in the following fields: Human Resources Management, Leadership, Lean Organizations, Supervision, and Supervision for IT Managers.
Flexible and Online Class Options
Recognizing that many students must fit in school around a work schedule, child care, and other commitments, NTC offers a variety of flexible class schedules, including summer courses, weekend courses, late start courses, anytime start independent work courses, and their most flexible option, virtual college. Through the virtual college program, students study and communicate with instructors online. There are hundreds of courses offered online, and three associate degrees that can be completed 100% online: Business Management, Marketing and Information Technology, and Computer Support Specialist. A large number of certificates can also be earned completely online, including several information technology certificates.
NTC has transfer agreements with over 150 four-year schools, offering virtually limitless opportunities for students to go on to study whatever and wherever they like.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Apprenticeships play a key role in the education of many NTC students. The college partners with employers who offer on-the-job training and the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Most apprenticeships vary in length from two to five years. Apprentices are paid a portion of the rate they can expect to earn after finishing their programs. Trades with apprenticeship programs facilitated through NTC include: Electrician, Plumber, Steamfitter, Sheetmetal, Mason, Instrumentation, and Millwright.
In apprenticeship agreements, the employer is responsible to provide safe and adequate facilities for on-the-job training; qualified personnel to teach the apprentice; appropriate supervision; and wages for time spent in related instruction. The apprentice is responsible to be a reliable and responsible employee, work diligently throughout the apprenticeship, and complete all related instruction work as assigned by the classroom instructor. Normally, apprentices attend classes twice a month for 8 hours per session.
In keeping with their mission to offer high-quality education to any adult who wishes to pursue it, NTC offers open admissions. Applicants need to either have a high school diploma or a GED to begin college level studies; the college also offers basic adult education and GED preparation for students not yet ready to begin college level work. Some programs, particularly in nursing and other medical disciplines, have further requirements, so check with the department in which you wish to study before registering for classes.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, NTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
There are dozens of clubs at NTC to meet a variety of personal and professional interests. They include such options as Campus Crusade for Christ, Diversity Club, I-Sign, and honor society Delta Epsilon Chi.
Although NTC does not have any of its own housing, many students live in the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s residence hall, which is located on the same bus line as the NTC campus. Marathon Hall features double rooms with a study lounge, television longue, computer lab, game room, and food and drink services.
The YMCA offers The Kanga Room, a satellite child care program at the college for the children of students, faculty, and staff. The Kanga Room accepts children from age 6 weeks to 12 years. It is open Mondays to Thursdays from 6:30 AM to 10 PM and on Fridays from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center provides independent and assisted learning opportunities for students who wish to improve their reading or math skills. Assistance and the Basic Math Diagnostic and Reading for Understanding tests are available free of charge.
Student Enrollment Demographics
As of 2010, NTC competes in intercollegiate women’s volleyball and coed soccer. The school also sponsors a variety of intramural sports throughout the year, including softball, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and football.
Wasau is a small city on the Wisconsin River in the northern part of the state. In addition to NTC and University of Wisconsin Marathon County, the area is home to satellite campuses of University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Upper Iowa University, Lakeland College Concordia University Wisconsin, Rasmussen College, and Globe University. As a result, there is a thriving college town atmosphere in Wasau with a large number of affordable restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to appeal to students. Area industries that employ NTC graduates include paper manufacturing, home manufacturing, granite mining, and ginseng cultivation.
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