Wisconsin technical school receives funding for talent development

WAUSAU, WI. – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) recently announced it has received $220,000 from the State of Wisconsin to help develop the Meat Talent Development Program.

The college plans to use the funds for a mobile learning lab that will provide training to students in north-central Wisconsin.

“A portion of this investment will provide financial support to students in NTC’s meat processing programs,” said Jeannie Worden, NTC President. “We are grateful to Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) for investing in our students and the farming community.”

NTC added that the short-term training supports employers’ need to develop workers in the meat industry. The training will teach farm-to-table practices consistent with NTC’s Agricultural Center of Excellence for the Culinary Arts Associate Degree.

In January, Wisconsin announced it would commit $5 million to develop additional meat processing capacity.

North Central Wisconsin has twice the state average meat processing jobs, according to EMSI Labor Market Analytics & Economic Data, and that number is expected to grow 21% over the next 10 years. High retirement rates are expected soon as 27% of the workforce is aged 55 and over.

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