WAUSAU - Getting a good technical education calls for the best equipment.
Now, students at a Wausau Technical college will get to use the best thanks to a generous donation.
Northcentral Technical College got two huge grants from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation.
The first grant is $250,000 and is guranteed.
The second grant is $300,000, but will only be donated if the college can raise the money to match it.
Dean Darren Ackley says it's very expensive to update the labs, But the president has been progressive in developing the centers.
"That's why when we get these grants to put the equipment in, it's very beneficial for us," said Ackley.
"It's the only way we can really make these things happen is through our industry partners."
The center is hoping to get a high tech 3-D printer.
This will help the students see if they're building something correctly.
"There's so much high tech tools that we need here and technology that's really going to benefit our learners that prepare them to go out and increase the knowledge and skill level in the workforce." Ackley said.
The money will go toward equipment for the College's new Manufacturing Center.
Classes will be running all this semester and next fall.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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