- High school students often visit colleges to check out the campus.
But a local college wants to bring the campus to students.
Nicolet College is hitting the road with its new Welcome Center trailer.
This is the first traveling trailer for any technical college in Wisconsin.
The trailer has two computer workstations, a kiosk for video presentation and seating for students.
The trailer is designed to visit community events so people can access information about the college.
"We felt like we needed a way to reach out to our communities, more distant from Rhinelander," said Teaching, Learning and Student Success Vice President, Kenneth Urban.
"So we found a trailer and thought a trailer would be a great way to make our presence known out in various outlying of our district."
The trailer lets students do a lot of the things they could usually only do on campus.
"We set up this trailer so that it has all the services that we have at our one stop welcome center with the exception of testing," Urban said.
"So any student that needs pre-enrollment testing still has to come to one of our sites, but everything else, registration, financial aid, career coaching; all of those things we can handle right here in the trailer."
The trailer will hit the road soon.
A Rhinelander football game will probably be one of its first stops.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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