As the manufacturing industry continues to grow, local businesses are teaming up to offer Move to Manufacturing, a free training opportunity designed to quickly grow the workforce. Get the skills and knowledge that you need for employment in manufacturing with the support you need to be successful, all without having to quit your current job.

A great paying career with many advancement opportunities is within your reach by completing the Move to Manufacturing program, which is a partnership between Mastercraft Industries/Holiday Kitchens, Schaffer Manufacturing, E&M Machine, and Arctic Compressor, Northcentral Technical College (NTC) and Northwood Technical College (Northwood Tech). According to data compiled by Lightcast (formerly known as Emsi), a Labor Market Analytics tool that uses data from government sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, out of 11 counties within the Northwood Tech region there is a reported 23,213 employees, which is 75% more compared to the national average of 10,506 employees for an area of this size.

Dan Miller, Associate Dean, Workforce & Community Development at Northwood Tech’s Superior Campus reflected on the importance of the Move to Manufacturing stating, “This is a great way to connect potential employees with area manufacturers. This program gives students a look into the manufacturing industry and its careers to make sure this is a pathway that aligns with their skills and goals. Increasing the number of qualified manufacturing candidates ensures retention of talent in our local communities.”

If you are ready to make the move to manufacturing, you can complete the training program in less than 30 days. It consists of an eight-hour online class, followed by a 20-hour hands-on skills workshop that meets in-person at a variety of times so you can complete the class when it’s convenient for you.

Are you ready for your next career move? Make the move to manufacturing by signing up at

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Northwood Technical College is a nationally top-ranked college and designated Silver 2022-23 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: Aug 06, 2022 12:00 pm CDT

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