WAUSAU — An area workforce development program will highlight students’ work during a demo day to be held on Tuesday, May. 8.

The Branch event, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Timberwolf Conference Center at Northcentral Technical College, will include presentations by teams of college students to the leadership of Ansay & Associates and North Central Health Care. Beginning in early March, students in The Branch have worked as teams on a pair of innovation challenges for these businesses.

“The Branch’s Demo Day is a real example of business, higher education and our Chamber working together to help our students build their resumes and to give them opportunities to work with businesses,” said Lori Weyers, president of NTC, in a news release issued by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.

The Branch was introduced in 2016 by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, NTC and Church Mutual Insurance Company. The program aims to build business and retain talent in central Wisconsin.

“The Branch asks students from around the region to solve complex problems and to be entrepreneurial, while connecting to the companies that need this local talent,” said Dave Eckmann, president/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “We live in a very talent-competitive economy and will for the next 25 years, making this program very important.”

Dave Eckmann

In addition, The Branch Academy, a program that assembles teams of high school juniors and seniors, returns this summer with a pair of projects sponsored by NTC and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Students from around the region who will be juniors and seniors in high school during the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to apply by Friday, May 4. Visit The Branch’s website for more information or to complete the application.

Those interested in attending Demo Day should register at WausauChamber.com or RSVP by Friday, May 4, to Brian Otten, marketing manager at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at botten@wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5947.

For more information or to register as a student, mentor or business, visit The Branch’s website.