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National Center for Pulp and Paper Technology Training partners with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

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National Center for Pulp and Paper Technology Training partners with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

March 01, 2011 - 02:32

THOMASVILLE, AL, March 1, 2011 (Press Release) -The National Center for Pulp and Paper Technology Training announced that Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), Green Bay, Wis., joined The National Network for Pulp and Paper Technology Training (NPT2). The Network is a national partnership of community colleges and industry representatives that arms students with the training and experience necessary to meet the increasing demand for advanced technology workers in the pulp and paper industry. The Network is part of the Technologically Advanced Workforce (TAW) platform supported by TAPPI and the American Forest and Paper Association's (AF&PA) special project group, Agenda 2020.

"We are very excited to add NWTC to our network of community colleges offering Pulp and Paper technology training across the country," said T.J. Murphy, executive director of The National Center for Pulp and Paper Technology Training. "NWTC has state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning instructors, and one of the premier Engineering and Mechanical programs in the country."

"Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's partnership with NPT2 will strengthen our existing technical programs and prepare students for the high-skill, high-pay jobs of pulp and paper industry in Wisconsin," said Pam Mazur, associate dean, Trades and Engineering Technologies at NWTC. "This partnership will enrich NWTC's mission of providing education, training and life-long learning opportunities for individuals and businesses leading to the development of a skilled workforce."

Joining NPT2 makes NWTC a conduit for pulp and paper training in Wisconsin. It also gives NWTC access to curriculum materials related to the pulp and paper industry, which should be especially valuable in closely related degree programs like Electro-Mechanical Technology, Automation Engineering Technology and the new Applied Engineering Technology.

Specialized facilities at NWTC make it ideal for delivering the technical training that the network provides to two-year colleges. The Manufacturing Technology Center features PLC simulators, both instructor-led and self-paced learning areas, and integrated manufacturing equipment to provide students with hands-on experience in the highly technical, networked systems typical of a modern manufacturing environment.

Founded in 1912, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing two-year colleges, serving about 42,000 students and employed adults annually. With campuses in Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay, and five regional learning centers located throughout Northeast Wisconsin, NWTC offers nearly 200 degrees and certificates, and transfer agreements with 28 colleges and universities.

The National Network for Pulp and Paper Technology Training (NPT2) was created to provide the pulp and paper sector of the US forest products industry with a Technologically Advanced Workforce (TAW) by offering exciting and effective education and training. The National Network is an alliance of community colleges, universities, industry partners and the National Science Foundation offering a proven program for recruiting, training, placing, and retaining future pulp and paper workers by providing technical curriculum, continuing education, scholarships and internships. The National Network for Pulp and Paper Technology Training's scholarships-internships-jobs model succeeds because its partnerships address the complete cycle of worker training and development, from recruitment of new students to retention of existing workers.

For more information about the partnership, contact T.J. Murphy, executive director, NPT2, 334-637-3193 or Pamela Mazur, associate dean, NWTC, 920-498-6317.

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