NWTC Apprenticeship Program

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 19:17:10-05

GREEN BAY, Wis.- Mike Zach of Crivitz is getting paid to learn.

"I see other students that are paying thousands of dollars per semester for school and I get to come here and it's all paid for," said Zach.

Zach is studying electrical instrumentation at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  It's part of a four year long apprenticeship program that his employer is paying for him to take.

"The education is better than just taking one class at a time because each section of the apprenticeship builds off of another," said Zach, who's in his third year of the program.

Mark Leidig teaches the electrical instrumentation apprenticeship course at NWTC.

"Basically it is a state contract between the employer, the student and the state of Wisconsin," said Leidig.
That contract holds all parties liable and makes it so no one can back out of their commitment.  Leidig says the course makes a big difference to those who go through it by giving them a leg up on their co-workers.
"When they're in the workforce they're basically a lot of their jobs are basically to maintain and troubleshoot equipment, so this helps build their confidence in dong that," said Leidig.
For Zach he says the biggest incentive is the end goal.
"When you get that certification, that's something nobody can take away from you and it will transfer to any place," said Zach.
Most of the NWTC apprenticeship programs are for construction and manufacturing field, but their are other options available.  Just call the tech college for more information.