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WAUSAU – Beginning in Fall 2019, students at Northcentral Technical College can select from six new degree programs created in response to growing job markets and the needs of current and prospective students.

“It’s important that we provide educational opportunities that are meaningful and relevant in a changing economy,” said Lori Weyers, president, NTC, in a news release. “The curriculum for each of the new degree programs has been created to meet learner, business and market needs.”

Applications are now being accepted for new programs in automation systems technology, cosmetology, foundations of teacher education, gas utility construction & service, IT cybersecurity specialist and sports & recreation management. Foundations of teacher education, IT cybersecurity specialist and sports & recreation management are offered 100 percent online through NTC’s Virtual College.

“Each new program is a direct result of feedback from our businesses and community partners,” said Weyers. “Students can expect to be in high demand for high paying careers upon graduation.”

For more information or to apply to one of NTC’s new programs, visit or contact admissions at 715-675-3331, Extension 5861.

Overview of new programs

Automation systems technology
This program prepares learners to work with integrated machine systems that involve industrial automation, robotics, mechanics, computers, industrial communications and/or electronics technology.
Average starting salary: $56,680

Potential occupations include: controls designer, automation technician, controls technician, engineering technician

This program will allow you to learn all aspects of skin, hair and nail care in a brand new, state-of-the-art salon. Successful completion of the program will prepare you for a cosmetologist license application.
Average starting salary: $25,480 plus tips
Potential occupations include: cosmetologist, esthetician, barber, hair stylist and nail technician

Foundations of teacher education
This two-year associate degree program prepares learners to work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed teacher as an instructional assistant in the classroom. This program meets Title I requirements and is available 100 percent online.

Average starting salary: $30,389
Potential occupations include: instructional assistant, teaching assistant, teacher aide, educational assistant, special education paraprofessional

Gas utility construction & service
This program prepares learners to be highly skilled professionals in the utilities industry as they install, maintain and operate natural and propane gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Average starting salary: $63,710
Potential occupations include: gas distribution worker, gas meter + regulation mechanic, gas inspector

 IT cybersecurity specialist
This associate degree program prepares learners to protect and defend critical IT infrastructure and data. Learners’ ingenuity, attention to detail and analytical skills will be developed through hands on labs. Coursework will focus on analyzing the cyber threat landscape, implementing innovative controls and actively defending against attacks. This program is available 100 percent online.

Average starting salary: $ $62,296
Potential occupations include: security analyst, information security specialist, data security administrator

Sports & recreation management
This program combines a solid business background with the study of recreation, sports, wellness and promotional management. This program is available 100 percent online.

Average starting salary: $40,435
Potential occupations include: sports marketing, athletic administration, sports event planner

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