Superior, Wisc. – Together with 74 of other NC3 Leadership Schools across the country, Northwood Tech hosted its first National Letter of Intent Signing day on April 20, 2023. This national event sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. It is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work.

Incoming students from welding, automotive, HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration), industrial maintenance and machine tool programs for the Fall 2023 term at the Superior Campus were invited to participate in the signing ceremony, similar to an athletic signing.

In addition to this celebratory event, current Northwood Tech HVAC/R student Tristan Ristow was chosen as one of 50 recipients across the nation to be awarded The Skilled Trades–3M Transformational Scholarship, a national scholarship through 3M and the National Coalition of Certification Centers. This $1,000 scholarship provides schools the ability to build within the community by focusing on bridging gaps of inequality with the highest standards of skilled trades and education.

Front row: Incoming students for fall 2023 (left to right): Charles Landwehr from Northwestern High School (welding),  Lilly Morgan from Northwestern High School (automotive service technician), Ryan Lefor from Superior High School (automotive service technician) and Abby Langlois from Duluth East High School (automotive service technician) Back row (left to right): Andrew Bronson (Jamar), Andy Eaton (Jamar), Rob Moon (Moon’s Auto), Tony Newman (Snap-On), Molly Stonesifer (Fraser Shipyards), Erin Donner (Johnson Controls), Austin Magnuson (Johnson Controls),  Terry Glanville (Northwood Tech automotive instructor), Dr. Aliesha Crowe (Vice President of Academic Affairs for Northwood Tech)

Tristan Ristow of New Richmond, WI is a current heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration program student and Dr. Aliesha Crowe, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Northwood Tech

Ryan Lefor from Superior signs his intent to enroll in the automotive service technician program


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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.


NC3 was established to help build a workforce prepared to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s industries by connecting employers and educational institutions in synergistic partnerships that foster effective training, elevation of skilled careers, and employment opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, NC3 builds deep industry-educational partnerships and develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards. We envision an industrial labor market where all workers have jobs they need to thrive and all companies have well-trained employees they need to operate and grow. Learn more at

Last Update: Apr 23, 2023 11:43 am CDT

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