PRESS RELEASE (WAUSAU) – Students from a variety of colleges and universities in central Wisconsin will participate in The Branch’s spring session which kicks off on Saturday, February 29 at Northcentral Technical College’s Wausau campus. The Branch is a workforce development initiative introduced by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Northcentral Technical College and Church Mutual Insurance Company in 2016. The program is an entrepreneurial skills accelerator which is designed to retain talent in central Wisconsin.

Three student teams will work on innovation challenges from Church Mutual Insurance Company, Ruder Ware LLSC and Westphal Staffing Inc during the session. Interested students can review the spring schedule and apply on The Branch’s website.

Caption: Students from a variety of colleges and universities in central Wisconsin will participate in The Branch’s spring 2020 session.

“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 Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce. “We live in a very talent-competitive economy and will for the next 25 years, making this program very important.”

AROW Global, Ansay & Associates LLC, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Incredible Bank, M3 Insurance, North Central Health Care and the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce  have also provided challenges to student teams in previous sessions.
To view student and mentor testimonials and to watch videos from the program’s several Demo Day events, visit The Branch’s YouTube channel.

AROW Global, Ansay & Associates LLC, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Incredible Bank, M3 Insurance, North Central Health Care, Ruder Ware LLSC and Westphal Staffing Inc are sponsors of the program.

The Branch Academy program will return this summer. The Branch Academy will offer high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit while showcasing their talents for business and community leaders. Students can apply for the program on The Branch’s website.

For more information or to register as a coach for a team, visit The Branch’s website. Businesses that are interested in becoming involved with the program can also register projects through the site or contact Brian Otten, marketing manager at the Chamber, at botten@wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5947.

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