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Enrollment for Machine Tool Basics now o

pen The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board has announced that Machine Tool Basics will be offered at Northcentral Technical College’s Phillips campus. The short-term training will start on May 10, and participants will meet from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of 12 weeks.

Machine Tool Basics was developed by Northcentral Technical College in partnership with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board to address the need employers have for entry level machine tool employees in Taylor and Price counties. This is also a part of Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board’s strategy to provide job seekers with the skills needed to enter into a high demand occupation with a self-sustaining wage. In northwest Wisconsin, the median wage for machinists is $21.20 with the average entry level wage being more than double the current minimum wage.

Machine Tool Basics will introduce machine tooling, blue print reading and safety (i.e. OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR/AED), which are essential in a manufacturing environment. The topics start at a basic level and gradually become more rigorous with hands-on application of machine shop skills. In conjunction with the technical skills, participants will enhance their employability skills through lessons on communication, teamwork, problem solving, and other skills needed to be successful in any workplace.

Funding assistance may be available to individuals who are 18 years or older through the public workforce system. Any individuals interested in signing up or learning more should contact Scott Schultz at sschultz@ or visit