Wausau Technical College Gets $250,000 Grant Submitted: 02/06/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Wausau Technical College Gets $250,000 Grant
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.

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Outboards serves fish starting at 11 a.m.

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