NEW RICHMOND, WI — Gov. Tony Evers and Amy Pechacek, secretary-designee of the Department of Workforce Development visited Northwood Technical College’s New Richmond campus April 13, 2023. Evers is on a state-wide tour to highlight initiatives in his 2023-25 biennial budget, aimed at building the 21st-century workforce in Wisconsin. During his visit, he toured the college’s 53-foot mobile welding lab, robotic trainers, and Skill Boss and PLC trainers used in manufacturing.

“We are excited to showcase and share some of Northwood Technical College’s new initiatives to help employers, K-12, and community partners recruit and retain skilled workers. Our mobile labs will give us the capability to serve more students in our rural areas,” said Liz Pizzi, associate dean of workforce and community development.

The mobile welding lab and training technology are made possible through the Workforce Innovation Grant Program, funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The grant aims to address the critical workforce shortage in the manufacturing industry in Wisconsin. Evers’ biennial budget includes a $200 million investment to continue the Workforce Innovation Grant Program to provide long-term solutions for businesses to find workers and individuals to obtain family-supporting jobs.

Northwood Technical College received nearly $12 million in Workforce Innovation Grant funding between the RESTORE (Restoring Employment through Support, Training, Outreach, Recruitment, and Education) project, in partnership with Chippewa Valley Technical College, and HOMES (Housing Opportunity and Mobile Education Solutions) project with Impact Seven. Both projects will provide manufacturing career training opportunities in rural Northwestern Wisconsin.

To learn more about the RESTORE and HOMES projects and other opportunities for career advancement, visit

Northwood Tech is grateful for all its community partnerships. Your support of the Northwood Tech Foundation is essential to student success. For information on how to contribute, visit

Northwood Technical College is a nationally top-ranked college and designated Silver 2023-24 Military Friendly® School that puts your Learning First. Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

Last Update: Apr 14, 2023 2:11 pm CDT

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